BOCC raises tentative millage

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:54 AM.

Commissioners also expressed a desire to lobby for a legislative change to that mandate of counting inmates in state prisons within the county as part of the population.

The BOCC, despite an Attorney General opinion on the issue, has ignored the mandate.

“We are out of compliance with state law,” McDaniel said.

Spellman said he would only be comfortable pursuing countywide voting, if the BOCC chose to pursue it, if the county was in compliance as far as district boundaries.

Not only does the BOCC not count prisoners, but district populations are out of balance compared to the federal and state mandate that district populations be within 10 percent of the average of all five.

District 2, for example, has a population 15 percent higher than the mean while District 4, the county’s “majority-minority” voting district, has a population nearly 30 percent below the mean, McDaniel noted.

Compliance with state law, Spellman said, was essential for entering a federal courtroom to amend or overturn a federal decree mandating single-member districts.

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