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Port Schedules Nov. 1 Hearings On Redistricting Plan, Budget

Starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Port of Klickitat will hold public hearings regarding its redistricting plan and 2012 budget at its regular port commission meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, starting at 4:30 p.m.

State law requires ports and other special-purpose districts that are not county-wide to redistrict after every decennial census. Redistricting refers to the process of recalculating the geographic areas from which each port commissioner is elected such that each area encompasses a reasonably similar number of constituents. As populations and population densities change, these geographic areas also change.

The Port District is responsible for creating a redistricting plan describing how the commission districts will be altered and to present the plan at a public hearing before submitting it to the county. The draft redistricting plan calls for adjustments that would bring all Commissioner Districts to within 1 percent of each other in population.

Under this plan, District No. 1 would include 3,942 people in the voting precincts of Bingen, Fruit Valley, the southeastern part of North Fruit Valley, North White Salmon, and White Salmon. District No. 2 would include 3,861 people in the voting precincts of Appleton, East Klickitat, East Lyle, High Prairie, Lyle, the southern part of Mountain Brook, North Dalles, River, and West Klickitat. District No. 3 would include 3,904 people in the voting precincts of Glenwood, Husum, the north part of Mountain Brook, the north part of North Fruit Valley, the northwest corner of Pine Forest, and Trout Lake.

"Port staff have carefully created a redistricting plan that we think is simple, understandable, and meets the needs of the county and the requirements of the state," said Jim Herman, Port Commissioner from District No. 1. "The upcoming public hearing gives our constituents the opportunity to tell us if they disagree."

In addition to redistricting, the Port Commission will also review a draft of the district's annual budget, which describes the revenues, operating expenses, debt service, and expenditures for capital improvements projected for the coming year. Information on the Port's redistricting plan and 2012 budget can be obtained by visiting the Port office at 154 E. Bingen Point Way, Bingen.

For more information, contact Executive Director Marc Thornsbury at 509-493-1655 or mthornsbury@portofklickitat.com.

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