Last Call for 10-1 Applicants
The deadline to apply for the commission that will draw Austin’s city council district lines is Friday.
The city auditor’s office is making one last call for applicants.
“Commission members will make history as the first citizen-initiated, independent entity to establish the boundaries for the 10 new City Council districts,” City Auditor Kenneth Mory says.
According to Austinites for Geographic Representation—the group that spearheaded the 10-one movement—more than 300 people have applied to be on Austin’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission so far.
Fourteen people will be chosen to serve on the redistricting commission and the city wants a group that reflects Austin’s diversity. Earlier this month, the auditor’s office said 90 percent of the commission applicants so far were white and 80 percent were male.
“We are not getting the number of applications that we expected. In addition, the applications we have received do not reflect the diversity of the City of Austin,” Mory said in a press release from Feb 6.
The city is also looking for certified public accountants to serve on the Applicant Review Panel. Austinites for Geographic Representation says that’s where help is most needed right now.
The deadline for commission and review panel applications is Friday. For more information, visit Austin’s Redistricting Website.