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Redistricting plans narrowed
County Committee, School Board split on which plan to choose; decision could come this month


A public hearing on redistricting Monday afternoon could help decide if Farragut is moved to share a district with Hardin Valley and Solway or left in the fifth district with Choto and Concord.

County Commission will host the public hearing at the City County Building at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17.

“It makes more sense” to keep Farragut in a district with Choto and Concord, where it historically has been, County Commissioner and District 5 Representa-tive Richard Briggs said.

Briggs said he would vote for the best plan that would keep Farragut in the Fifth District. Commission is expected to vote on the redistricting plan Monday, Oct. 24.

After every census, governments are tasked with redistricting to rebalance populations between districts as equally as possible. Redistricting is not rezoning.


Commission and the School Board put together a committee that came up with four plans, and then recommended two to the School Board and County Commission for a vote.

Town administrator David Smoak, who served on the committee, said he voted for Plan 2A, which keeps Farragut in the Fifth District, saying it more accurately represented the “Farragut community at large.”

Plan 2A was one of two plans the committee recommended to the School Board and County Commission for approval. The school board ultimately voted in favor of Plan 3A, which is based on school districts.

One of the major goals of this year’s redistricting effort was to more closely align Knox County Board of Education and Knox County Commission districts.

“I don’t know if we’ll be able to get these matched up or not,” Briggs said. Keeping linked communities together was more important, he added.

The plans under consideration:

• Plan 1A — 53,005 people would move to a new commission district and 105,981 people would move to a new school board district. Farragut’s two wards would be in a district with the Concord and A.L. Lotts wards. No commissioners would change districts. Cindy Buttry and Thomas Deakins would change school board districts.

• Plan 2A — 32,146 people would move to a new commission district and 129,970 people would move to a new school district. Farragut’s district would be the same as in Plan 1A. Commissioner Tony Norman would change districts; Cindy Buttry, Thomas Deakins and Kim Sepesi would change school board districts.

• Plan 3A — 99,152 people to a new commission district and 36,130 people to a new school board district. Farragut’s two wards would be placed in a district with Concord North, Amherst, Hardin Valley, Hardin Valley West and Solway. County Commissioner Brad Anders would change districts; no school board member would change districts;

• Plan 4A — 87, 514 people would move to a new commission district and 44,971 people would move to a new school district. Farragut would be in the same district described in Plan 3A. Commissioner Brad Anders would change districts; no school board representatives would change districts.

For more information on the redistricting process, visit www.knoxredistricting.org/

 

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