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County redistricting plan approved by State

Friday, October 7, 2011

On Tuesday the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors received approval by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office for the Cherokee County redistricting plan .

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors had met with members of the Cherokee County Temporary Redistricting Commission - Gil Bremicker, Ken Ogren and Lynn Winterhof - in August and at that time the Commission presented the Supervisors with a proposed district map for Cherokee County Supervisors, which the Supervisors ultimately approved.

Population, using data from the 2010 U.S. Census, determined the districts. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Cherokee County has a population of 12,072 representing a negative 7.4 percent loss from the recorded 13,032 population of Cherokee County in the 2000 U.S. Census, which results in a population shift in the five Supervisors districts.

Using the total County population, the Committee divided that total by the five Supervisor districts and got the target number of the ideal district population number of 2,414 and an overall variation of 40.

* District 1, population 2,420 with a variation of 6

* District 2, population 2,414 with a variation of 0

* District 3, population 2,427 with a variation of 13

* District 4, population 2,416 with a variation of 2

* District 5, population 2,395 with a variation of -19

The total maximum Allowable Variation is 24.144 in a given district and the average variation of 8 comes from the overall variation of 40.

This compared to the current district's average variation of 64.4 for the overall variation of 322.

With the use of computer mapping from the County's GIS Department, this is the lowest average variation along with closest target numbers that Cherokee County has ever had when redrawing the Supervisor Districts.

Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke stated that Cherokee County's redistricting plan is only one of six counties state-wide that has been approved by the Secretary of State's Office at this time.

The new districts will take affect on Jan. 1, 2012.

In other business the Board reviewed the FY11 Homestead and Military Credits disallowment list. Every year area residents of Cherokee County who qualify for the program either move, pass-away, or purchase new different residents and corrections need to be made to the list.

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