GJ City Council Shoots Down Election Redistricting For 2005

Just months away from the next election, the Grand Junction City Council proposed redistricting the city for voting purposes at Wednesday night's meeting. Although the measure lost by a 4-3 vote expect it to be discussed again in the future. 2000 was the last time the city council changed districts, since then some districts have grown at a quicker rate then others.

The redistricting would have evened out the districts in terms of population. The north end of town has out–paced other areas, giving some districts about 1,300 more people than others. Most members of the city council said they believe the city needs to be re–districted, but felt they were rushing it by trying to do it a few months before the April election.

For now the districts will remain the same. The population growth in the north and east end of the city, as well as annexations which enlarged the city, all led to the population growth in Districts A and B.
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