The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners has approved changes to the Commissioner District boundaries, selecting Option 3 unanimously. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office had proposed three options for redistricting on May 25, which began a 30-day public comment period for citizens to provide their input.
“We greatly appreciate the people who participated in their county government by offering their comments,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “There was a substantial increase in comments received during this redistricting process which shows the level of commitment of citizens to be involved in shaping our county. It also indicates our office’s dedication to accessible, transparent governance through the open houses we hosted and publicizing the public comment period.”
The Clerk’s Office received a record 266 comments on the district proposals, and followed up with those who submitted comments. Comments were submitted via email, forms, voicemails/phone calls, and in person. Comments received within the 30-day public comment period, May 25-June 24, were presented to the Board of County Commissioners at today’s meeting, June 29. In addition, people attending the meeting were afforded the opportunity to address the Board, voicing their opinion, before the Board voted on the Commissioner District proposals.
There was a committed effort by the Clerk’s Office to inform the public and give the redistricting process high visibility in the community. Two open houses at the Clerk’s Office gave people an opportunity to view the map options on a larger scale, and personally address questions or concerns to Clerk Chuck Broerman and Strategy and Development Manager Mattie Albert. Through press releases, social media postings and the Clerk’s website the public was kept apprised of the redistricting issue as well as the timeline for them to be involved by submitting comments.
Today’s Board vote brings the redistricting process to finalization before the July 1 deadline mandated by Colorado law. County Commissioner District boundaries may be redrawn every two years to keep districts relatively equal in population. The districts were last examined and boundaries redrawn in 2015. This year, the deviation between County Commissioner Districts’ populations was enough (3.06%) to warrant redistricting.
New El Paso County Commissioner districts approved by board
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