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Tama County voting redistricting hearing set for March 26

March 12, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Redistricting for voters in the Toledo area as the result of the elimination of city wards will be the topic of a public hearing on March 26. Supervisors set the hearing during their regular meeting on Monday, March 5.

Tama County Supervisors will hear comments at 10 a.m. in the board room at the County Administration Building, 103 West State Street.

Toledo voters in 2016 decided to eliminate the ward system for three city council seats and elect all council posts at-large. As a result, a redistricting process is required by the Office of the Secretary of State.

Laura Kopsa, county auditor and commissioner of elections, told supervisors she is recommending these changes:

City of Toledo will now have one precinct instead of three

Toledo Ward I also included Howard and Toledo Township. Now there is no Ward I so Howard and Toledo Township are combined and still vote at the Reining-Toledo Civic Center.

combine South Otter Creek, Columbia and Tama townships together and they all still vote at the Tama Civic Center.

Kopsa said, "These changes will save the taxpayers the expense of two precincts and bring our total precincts to 14 instead of 16. The savings would be the cost of programming 2 voting machines and two Automark machines (for voters needing assistance), the cost of 3-4 precinct officials and the cost of publishing 3 ballots.

The proposals must be reviewed and then acted upon by the Tama County Redistricting committee along with the board of supervisors hearing.

Also on Monday the supervisors:

approved a utility permit for Poweshiek Water to bore under Tama County Road E66 in Salt Creek Township.

approved claims totaling $55,794.



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