District boundary lines are going to be redrawn for the Calumet County Board of Supervisors, and the entire process is going to happen within the next few months.
That was the message delivered to County Board supervisors at their monthly meeting last Tuesday evening by Matt Payette, business system analyst and communications manager for the county.
Payette told supervisors that county officials should have received the latest census data on April 1 and started reviewing this process months ago but that a veto of a bill by Governor Tony Evers has delayed issuance of the data until Monday, Aug. 23. “We can’t do anything until we have the data,” Payette said.
Still, he said the redistricting process can happen in time for the Dec. 1 opening of the nomination process for next spring’s elections. He laid out a plan which he said is “very compressed, aggressive—with the governor’s veto we don’t really have an option.”
A critical question to be answered is whether or not the county will stay at 21 supervisors or change that number up or down. That needs to be known before proposed mapping can be done. Payette added that it is likely district boundary lines will change even if the county retains the same number of supervisors.
Three public informational meetings are already planned on redistricting—Wednesday, July 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 13 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
(For more on this story please see the July 29 issue of the Tri-County News.)