AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin city auditor's office will open the application process on Friday for people who'd like to be chosen for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission or the Applicant Review Panel for developing single-member City Council districts.
he application period for the Commission and Panel will run through Feb. 22.
"My office is working diligently to get the word and information out throughout the Austin community about the redistricting application process," said City Auditor Kenneth Mory. "It's our objective to reach all those Austin residents that are eligible to serve with the 10-1 information.
"We specifically want to ensure that Austin's diverse demographics and geography are represented in the pools for the commission and panel."
Fourteen Austin residents will be selected to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. This Commission will make history as the first citizen-initiated, independent entity to establish the boundaries of the 10 new City Council districts. Citizens Redistricting Commissioners will reflect the diversity of Austin and empower the citizens of Austin to have a voice for how City government represents us all.
A three-member Applicant Review Panel will also make history by independently reviewing and selecting the most qualified applicants for service on Austin's first Citizens Redistricting Commission. Austin voters entrusted independent audit professionals with the duty to evaluate the Commission applications.
Austin voters in November approved Proposition 3, a City Charter amendment commonly referred to as "10-1." It provides for the election of City Council members from 10 geographic single-member districts, with the mayor elected at-large beginning with the November 2014 election.
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