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New district lines ready for consideration

--- County board meets Tuesday

(Published July 9, 2007, 4:11 p.m.)

Walworth County board members and the public will likely get a first look at the new supervisory district lines at Tuesday night's county board meeting.

The Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has completed drawing 11 new districts in the county using the existing ward boundaries.

The process was necessary as part of the board downsizing effort, which will reduce the number of supervisors by 14. A citizen referendum in April mandated the downsizing.

The county board needs to certify a new map before candidates can start taking out nomination papers in December. The state needs to approve the lines by Nov. 15.

SEWRPC Executive Director Philip Evenson will be on hand to present the proposed new lines and explain the process used to develop them.

Each district has to meet certain state requirements, including having a substantially equal population in each.

Other requirements include:

--- be as contiguous as possible

--- be as compact as possible

--- have the smallest number of school districts as possible

--- represent as much of a whole municipality as possible

Citizens or incumbents interested in running for the board in 2008 will know Tuesday what district they're in and who they'll potentially run against.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in Room 100 of the Walworth County Government Center, downtown Elkhorn.

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