Each of Maysville's four wards were recently redrawn based on census data released in March.
After city leaders spent a little less than an hour Monday night trying to evenly distribute the city's total population according to 2010 census results, they arrived at a preliminary separation.
Monday’s results yielded 443 for Ward 1, 444 for Ward 2, 466 for Ward 3 and 445 for Ward 4, which adds up to the city's total population of 1,798. The goal was to even out the wards between 427 and 471 people per ward, Jody Cooley, Maysville’s city attorney, said.
The city council must vote to approve the new map at two regular business meetings. The next business meeting will be held June 6.
The last time cities were required to redistrict was in the year 2000, after the last census. After each census, federal law requires that all districts have to be in 10 percent of one another.
In 2000, the city of Maysville had 1,247 registered votes, with 575 in Jackson County and 672 in Banks County, a difference of 551 people
Prior to Monday’s meeting, Ward 1 had a population of 478, Ward 2 had 348, Ward 3 had 537 and Ward 4 had 445.
Cooley said that although the number of people districted to Ward 4 did not change, boundaries may have changed.
According to the website of the U.S. Census Bureau, census data are constitutionally mandated and used to define legislature districts, school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government. In November, every council seat in Maysville and the mayor’s seat are up for reelection.