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Commissioners take next step toward approving new boundaries
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Commissioners take next step toward approving new boundaries

Manatee County Commissioners today took the next step in redrawing County Commission boundaries by giving informal approval for a set of maps that balance district populations while maintaining as nearly as possible the existing demographic balance.

On a 6-1 vote the Board approved Plan D maps, a set of boundaries which would bring all district populations within 4,500 people of each other. Plan D maps, along with four other drafted versions are available at www.mymanatee.org/redistricting

The Manatee School District is also participating in this process with a goal of having district boundaries consistent with the County Commission. The District will give the public another opportunity to weigh in on the maps at a Nov. 7 Open House at Manatee County School Support Center, 202 Manatee Ave. W. from 5 to 7 p.m.

Manatee County will advertise in a local newspaper the proposed map for two consecutive weeks as required by state statute. Following that period, the County Commission will take a final vote on the maps on Nov. 21.

Manatee County‚Äôs Geographic Information Systems team was directed to balance district populations while maintaining as nearly as possible the existing demographic balance.  The proposed districts were drawn based on existing districts, and modified based on geographic lines and natural and manmade demarcations.
 
The proposed districts were reviewed by the Supervisor of Elections to ensure precinct boundaries were kept intact, and then reviewed again, and lines redrawn.  

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501.

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