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Final means Final: The official, final Pierce County Districting map has now been posted

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on June 28, 2011 at 11:49 am with 14 Comments »
June 28, 2011 1:47 pm

For a closer look at the official Districting Committee map released this morning here’s a link to an image file.

Final Pierce County Redistricting Map

It is as was posted unofficially earlier (see post below), with narrower population variances than in the previous iteration called Map D but with some major changes to a central Tacoma district and the division of Parkland into two districts.

The five-member districting committee is set to meet July 12 to discuss and perhaps amend the map. But it takes four votes to amend, meaning it would have to be a change that satisfies both Democratic and Republican committee members. It takes three votes to approve but even if it is not approved it becomes law by default on July 13.

The meeting is currently set for the Pierce County Annex at 7 p.m.

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  1. jimkingjr says:

    So the master is god, accountable to no one, makes last minute dramatic changes, and we have no choice but to accept them. University Place is thrown in to a Tacoma district, the 7th District is left with no representation, and this is good? The system is broken and the master should be run out of town on a rail.

  2. Tacomalover says:

    jmkingjr,

    There was a full month of community meetings and ability to email the committee. So really your statements are severely incorrect. The maps over that month have evolved reflecting the concerns of various communities.

    Example, Graham, Elk Plain and Kapowsin wanted to be together, Summit-Waller didn’t want to be split, Lake Tapps and Bonney Lake didn’t want to be split. Sumner and Puyallup wanted to insure they were together. Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont wanted to insure they were still with the gates of JBLM.

    There is a laundry list and UP was upset two fold. One they wanted to stick with Fircrest and didn’t want to be with Lakewood. They got that in this map!

  3. Jim –

    My take on it is that those who commented on maps A, B, C and D are what/who influenced the creation of Map E, which is what became the Final map. Dick Muri, Joyce McDonald, and others, used terms like “Democratic shenanigans”, and then certain folks started a letter-writing campaign (so I was told) to reject/oppose Map D (which happens to be my preferred map).

    Map D didn’t split Parkland in two, and the communities in my Communities Plan area (Parkland-Midland-Spanaway) would have been split in two, rather than in three. As a resident, a business owner, a community activist and a PSM LUAC Commissioner, I have concerns about how this splitting of Parkland, and the splitting of the communities which make up the PSM Communities Plan, will impact our communities.

  4. Why is that that the TNT can never seem to post graphics in a size and resolution large enough for anyone to actually open and view on their computer?

  5. Oh wait, this for the County Council. Who cares? I thought this was for congressional districting. The county doesn’t do anything important.

  6. jimkingjr says:

    Tacomalover- at what point does the community get to comment on the plan that is the FINAL plan? At what point does University Place get to comment on being thrown into the 4th district? Regardless of previous comment, is it RIGHT that the Peninsula and a large portion of Tacoma is left without representation?

    I stand by my comment. This process is severely broken, and the process needs to be fixed so that final lines are set by someone who can be held accountable.

  7. dbreneman says:

    The second comment by “Peter” perfectly illustrates my contention that the vast number of residents of incorporated areas are apathetic (as best) about county government. Those of us lucky enough to live in unincorporated Pierce County will probably benefit from large urban areas in our districts (in my case in the seventh, north Tacoma, Ruston and Gig Harbor) since our council members will get very little input from their urban constituents.

  8. dbreneman,

    That’s one way to look at it. Personally, I was surprised to see that the areas within the city limits even had respresentation, since city government and law pretty much seems to superscede the county’s. In the city, we are effectively suffering under taxation without representation. Sure, we have representation on the council, but the county has zero obligation to provide us with any services. We pay taxes at the same rate as everyone else (on top of what we pay to the city), but see it spent outside the city on needless infrastructure promoting suburban sprawl in places like Graham and Roy. The county has one job, and only one job; collecting property taxes for all the other levels of government. And here in Pierce County, they can’t even do that right. I’d just as soon see the county and all it’s departments disbanded or turned over to the state or individual municipalities, as appropriate.

  9. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    TNT–It is useless to post a map of this small size.

  10. As mentioned in the first paragraph, the large map file can be downloaded here – http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/aud/elections/redistrict.htm

  11. Tacomalover says:

    Peter;

    People in Jurisdictions pay county taxes, the people that are elected to county council represent the county, as a whole, on various boards and commissions to push interest. They pass resolutions and lobby the legislations the most recent was Poll Voting. They hated it even know it cost us 80K a year.

    If this theory was fully true then why do we care what any jurisdiction thinks? Then Lakewood should get no opinion, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Sumner, Fife, Edgewood, Milton, Buckley, Orting, Steilacoom, Gig Harbor DuPont, Carbonato, Fircrest, University Place and yes Tacoma.

    if your rational is correct on some spectrum those jurisdictions (and yes i missed a few) have no barring in this.

  12. Peter, City residents do not pay the same amount of taxes to the County as those in unincorporated areas, nor anything remotely as close. In fact in some cases it’s actually cheaper to live in the City (depends on your valuation and utility tax rates).

    The County actually provides a large number of services at a regional level, particularly public safety and social services. They are also the regional planning authority. In some areas they provide other urban services like water and sewer, not to mention roads, elections, etc.

  13. Peter Callaghan says:

    Steilacoomtaxpayer:

    Stacey is right. I provided link to county page so you can get a jpeg of the map.

    You can also click on the map above and it will open larger.

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