As city lawmakers begin to tackle the monumental task of redirecting 28 neighborhoods to 14 by the end of December, they are asking for public input on how they would like to see the boundaries drawn.
St. Louis Alderman Council Monday launched a website which provides the public with information on the redistribution process, upcoming public meeting dates, testimony information at upcoming meetings, census data, and a place to submit comments.
Later, the website will also provide the public with card proposals to give them the opportunity to have their say ahead of a final board vote.
“For the first time in over 100 years, the city of Saint-Louis is drawing its map with 14 neighborhoods, not 28,” Alderman President Lewis Reed said in a statement. “For this process to be successful, we need as much feedback from residents of the City of St. Louis as possible. I encourage everyone to participate and make their voices heard in this process.
Voters in the city passed the wards reduction in a 2012 election, which stipulated that the 14 new wards would be redesigned after the 2020 census. He presented a plan in which the first election in the newly drawn wards would have take place in 2023 for all districts and the president alderman. Odd-numbered neighborhoods would start with two-year terms, to stay in line with the electoral calendar set by the city’s charter in 1915. The chairman of the board and even-numbered neighborhoods would run in that initial election for one term. full four year old.
This reduction in neighborhoods comes as census data corroborates what residents of Saint-Louis have known for a long time: the city’s population is in decline – with a population totaling 301,578 in 2020, up from 319,294 in 2010 and 348. 189 in 2000.
The redistribution process takes place every 10 years after the release of new census data. Currently, the Council Legislative Committee is tasked with creating the new map, which will then be outlined in Council Bill 101, sponsored by Reed and Alderman Joe Vollmer, Ward 10.
However, the R proposal seeks to transfer this year’s redistribution task from the council of aldermen to an independent citizen redistribution commission and it remains unclear whether the adoption of the R proposal in April would be too late to take effect this time around. -this.
While supporters of the proposal have been adamant it is time to form a citizens’ commission to redraw the boundaries of the 2023 election, Reed disagrees. He believes that if Prop R is passed by voters in April, it will only apply to the next redistribution process in 10 years, as the wards would have already been drawn.
According to the law, the council of aldermen must adopt a new district card before December 31.
The new website can be accessed at www.stlouis-mo.gov/aldermen/redistricting.