Dec. 19, 2012 —
The Court also unanimously approved a new proposal for realigning magisterial districts that differs from the recommendation made by the reapportionment committee.
The new plan was not made available to the news media or the public at the time of the meeting.
A copy obtained by the Journal-Times shows that the new magisterial districts in the proposal would be comprised as follows:
District 1 would include Iron Hill, Courthouse, Gregoryville, Oakland and North Midland Trail precincts.
District 2 would consist of East Grayson/Stinson, South Midland Trail, North Rush, South Rush and Stovall precincts.
District 3 would include Hitchins, Denton, Willard and Alpha Hall precincts.
District 4 would consist of Soldier, Cedar Grove, Clark Hill, Eagle Hill, Pleasant Valley, Pleasant Hill and Grahn precincts.
District 5 would include Buffalo, Smokey Valley, Olive Hill Courthouse, Brickyard and Upper Tygart precincts.
The new redistricting proposal was based on population figures provided by the FIVCO Area Development District but Mignon Colley informed the court that those figures might not be accurate because they differ from those on file with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) in Frankfort.
According to LRC’s figures, Districts 2 and 3 would represent a 12.1 percent difference from the average district population, which is higher than the maximum of 10 percent allowed by state law.
According to FIVCO’s figures, however, there is only a 9.39 percent difference in those districts.
The next regular meeting of Fiscal Court is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Room 221 of the county courthouse.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.