Public input for 10-1 council plan hits deadline


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on January 16, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 8:41 AM

AUSTIN -- A deadline hits Wednesday afternoon for community input on a new City of Austin leadership plan.

In the November election voters approved the 10-1 council plan. It’s designed to give every part of Austin representation at City Hall.
Currently there's not much of geographic diversity at the council table. For example, no council members are from East Austin.
That will change once a city-appointed committee draws out new regions. Voters would then elect a representative from the region where they live. Ten would serve on the council along with one mayor who represents the city as a whole.
"It's a win for Austin. It's a win for everyone. It's the first time in 40 years that every individual in the city will be fairly and equitably represented at City Hall," said Austin resident Jessica Ellison.
A commission made up of 14 citizens is charged with looking through the ideas that come in. From there they'll draw out those district lines.
“We think we've got a good process in place. There'll be some tweaking, but overall I think we can make the deadline,” said Kenneth Mory of the City of Austin.
The plan is scheduled for completion by April 2014. Candidates from each of those districts would then campaign for the first council election under the 10-1 plan in November 2014.
Public input will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday.