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W. Jordan to redraw voting-district lines

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WEST JORDAN — It probably won't be as controversial as redrawing congressional or state legislative district boundaries, but the City Council here has to make some changes to its own voting districts.

State law requires cities with separate voting districts to adjust the boundaries of those areas to ensure each one has similar population numbers. They're required to finish the process within six months after the state Legislature completes its own redistricting.

West Jordan leaders had planned on changing their four district's boundaries by February 2003. Two council members are considered at-large representatives.

The addition of about 20,000 new residents after the annexation of Oquirrh Shadows combined with rapid growth in the city has added a bit of urgency to the changes. Total population is now around 80,000.

The bipartisan council will get its first look at eight different proposals Jan. 15. The redrawn maps are available to the public at City Hall. No public hearings, however, are required to adjust the boundaries.