So, now that the City of Austin has passed a 10-1 Council plan, when will we see the brand new Austin City Council? After the 2014 November elections, according to the timeline. That would be the next city election according to another bond Amendment passed last month.
But there's a lot to do in order to get districts ready through an elaborate process in just two years. The City Auditor's already planning, as the 10-1 proposal mandates, and he wants your input. From an email:
The City Auditor’s Office seeks public input on several issues concerning implementation of the 10-ONE redistricting process that will change the way the Austin City Council is elected.
Comments will be accepted through January 11, 2013 on:
- The City Auditor’s interpretation and clarification of language in the voter-approved Charter proposition that established geographic representation for City Council.
- Applications that reflect input previously received in a public forum.
- The timeline to establish the Citizens Redistricting Commission that will ultimately draw the district lines.
Basic info can be found at the official 10-1 website. Then there's the original charter Amendment and the Auditor's proposed interpretation and guidance that one may want to look at before giving any input.
You can email comments to OCA_auditor@austintexas.gov,call in at (512) 974-2805, or mail the Office of the Auditor, 10-ONE Process, 301 W. Second St., Austin, Texas 78701.
Click below the fold to see the proposed timeline.
|Phase||Tasks||Original Dates (May Election)||Previously Proposed Dates (Nov. Election)||Revised Dates (Nov. Election)|
|I||Auditor Initiates & Publicizes Process||12/1/2012||Dec 2012 ? Mar 2013||Dec 2012 ? Feb 2013|
|I||Interpretive Guidance Comment Period||N/A||Dec 2012 ? Jan 2013||12/19/12 ? 1/11/13|
|I||Applications Go Live||N/A||1/29/2013||1/18/2013|
|I||Auditor issues Final List of Panel Candidates||N/A||4/12/2013||by 2/25/2013|
|III||Auditor Creates Redistricting Commission Pool & Provides Apps to Panel||3/1/2013||5/1/2013||by 3/14/2013|
|IV||Panel Provides 60 Commission Candidates to Council||5/2/2013||6/30/2013||5/16/2013|
|V||Council May Strike One Applicant Each||5/7/2013||7/8/2013||5/22/2013|
|VI||Commission Drawing (8)||5/9/2013||7/10/2013||5/22/2013|
|8 Commission Members Select 6 Remaining Members||6/30/2013||8/30/2013||TBD|
|Commission Shall Adopt Final Plan||12/1/2013||4/1/2014||TBD|
|Next Election Date||5/6/2014||11/4/2014||11/4/2014|