City to look at census data for ward population distribution – The Oxford Eagle
The city will review census data for neighborhood population distributions
Posted at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022
The Board of Aldermen has approved a proposal submitted by Elliot and Britt Engineers to review the current voting wards in the City of Oxford and make recommendations if 2020 census data requires new boundary lines to be drawn, such as the requires federal law.
The city is required to update electoral ward demographics following a decennial census, such as the one in 2020. The next municipal election is scheduled to be held in June 2025.
The proposal included using 2020 census data to determine the current population of each of the five electoral wards. If the population distribution exceeds 10% from the lowest to the highest wards, the district lines will need to be redrawn to fall within the acceptable range.
If wards are to be redesigned, the consultant will attend Council meetings and public meetings during the process and provide documentation to prepare an ordinance establishing new wards.