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City Auditor Seeks Input on 10-1 Plan

by: Michael Hurta

Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM CST

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) 
 IAuditor Initiates & Publicizes Process 12/1/2012 Dec 2012 ‐ Mar 2013 Dec 2012 ‐ Feb 2013 
 IInterpretive Guidance Comment Period N/A Dec 2012 ‐ Jan 2013  12/19/12 ‐ 1/11/13
 IApplications Go Live N/A 1/29/2013 1/18/2013 
 IApplication Deadline 2/1/2013 3/29/2013 2/22/2013 
 IAuditor issues Final List of Panel Candidates N/A 4/12/2013 by 2/25/2013 
 IIPanel Drawing 2/15/2013 4/16/2013 2/27/2013 
 IIIAuditor Creates Redistricting Commission Pool & Provides Apps to Panel 3/1/2013 5/1/2013 by 3/14/2013 
 IVPanel Provides 60 Commission Candidates to Council 5/2/2013 6/30/2013 5/16/2013 
 VCouncil May Strike One Applicant Each 5/7/2013  7/8/20135/22/2013 
 VICommission Drawing (8) 5/9/2013 7/10/2013 5/22/2013 
 8 Commission Members Select 6 Remaining Members 6/30/20138/30/2013 TBD 
 Commission Shall Adopt Final Plan12/1/2013 4/1/2014 TBD 
  Next Election Date5/6/2014 11/4/2014 11/4/2014 


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