A reapportionment committee on Thursday agreed to make no changes to the current Daviess County district lines after reviewing the new population numbers from the 2020 census.
County Clerk Leslie McCarty said that the consideration for reapportionment is required by statute to occur every 10 years following the completion of the Census. This reapportionment was placed on hold by the state due to the pandemic, and counties were recently given the notice they can begin the process now.
The committee was made up of Jim Gilles, Paula Schrecker, and Bob Whitmer — each appointed by the County Commissioner serving their district.
The County’s three districts — West, Central and East — are required to be compact, contiguous, and as even in population as possible, with a maximum of 10% of deviance.
The 2020 Census reported that with the Districting approved in 2010, the county population is as follows:
- West District: 33,607
- Central District: 35,134
- East District: 34,571
Judge-Executive Charlie Castlen said that the Central district is seeing growth at a fast rate, while the West district is slower. He noted that while subdivisions are being formed on the west side, it doesn’t compare to the rates that other districts are seeing.
To review the boundaries for the existing districts, click here.