Douglas County may have to shift district boundaries
South Shore’s population falls more than 1,600 people short of Douglas County’s “ideal district” population, which means Tahoe’s commission district must expand to the Carson Valley.
“I’m concerned we wouldn’t have anybody who resides at the lake and who is knowledgeable about the issues at the lake,” Lakeridge resident Annetta Chester told commissioners Thursday. “We’re limited in our growth. Therefore we’re limited in our representation?”
Douglas County commissioners met Thursday to review three redistricting options in accordance with 2000 U.S. Census figures.
By law, each of the five districts must be within a 10 percent margin of the ideal district population of 8,252, County Clerk Barbara Reed said.
“You really are controlled by what the law says,” Reed said. “You don’t have a lot of flexibility. You have to follow the precinct boundaries and you have to follow the population guidelines.”
Redistricting could mean not having a commissioner who resides at South Shore if a valley candidate is elected.
The three redistricting maps offer different options in regard to Tahoe’s representation.
Under Map 1 guidelines, District 2, currently represented by Jacques Etchegoyhen, would encompass valley areas as well as South Shore precincts including Edgewood, Kingsbury and Dagget. District 4, currently represented by Don Miner, would include Glenbrook, Skyland, Zephyr Cove and Round Hill. Under Map 1, it would be possible to see two resident Tahoe commissioners.
Map 2 shows all of South Shore in District 4, which also would include Genoa and Westwood.
Map 3 places all of the South Shore precincts, except Glenbrook, in District 4, which also would include Genoa and Mottsville. District 5, represented by Kelly Kite, would take in Glenbrook along with valley precincts.
“We’ve done the best we could to address every scenario we could think of,” Reed said after explaining each map.
The issue will go before commissioners in Minden Nov. 1, then come back to South Shore a second time before a decision is expected to be made Dec. 6.
Map options should be available for viewing Friday on the county’s Web site. Log on to http://cltr.co.douglas.nv.us.
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