City Auditor Seeks Input on 10-1 Plan

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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 Application Deadline  2/1/2013  3/29/2013  2/22/2013 
 I Auditor issues Final List of Panel Candidates  N/A  4/12/2013  by 2/25/2013 
 II Panel Drawing  2/15/2013  4/16/2013  2/27/2013 
 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 

 

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