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Victoria County redistricting would split Tanglewood

By Brian Cuaron
May 31, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.
Updated June 1, 2011 at 1:01 a.m.


CITY HOLDS REDISTRICTING MEETING

The city of Victoria also talked about redistricting at a city council meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Bass met with city leaders and most of the city's citizen redistricting committee, said John Kaminski, director of development services and overseer of the city's redistricting process.

Kaminski said the committee will meet three to six more times to discuss the issue. The city council will be invited to those meetings, and some will attend most if not all of them, he said.

The city's Tanglewood neighborhood will be split between precincts 1 and 4 under a proposed redistricting plan for Victoria County.

The proposal calls for residents living west of Tanglewood Drive to be in Precinct 1, while those east of the street will be in Precinct 4. The entire neighborhood is currently in Precinct 4.

The Tanglewood neighborhood is high density because of apartments in the area, said Robert Bass of Allison, Bass & Associates, the law firm hired by the county to put together a redistricting plan.

Bass said that the split of the Tanglewood area will help keep the population and minority levels within the precincts at the right levels, which is the goal of redistricting.

Bass presented the proposal to the Victoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday in two public hearings.

"I don't like dividing neighborhoods," Bass said.

He also said that he tries not to dislocate elected officials or polling places during the redistricting process.

Bass said he thinks the Tanglewood neighborhood was the only one split. He added that about 2,000 people were moved into different districts under the proposal.

"For those 2,000 people, they will notice some change," Bass said.

Judge Don Pozzi said the change felt by those in the Tanglewood neighborhood will be minimal. He explained that the city already takes care of the area's streets and sewers since the neighborhood is in its limits.

However, those being moved to Precinct 1 will have to vote in a different precinct for a county commissioner, constable and justice of the peace, Pozzi said. The move also will affect who they may vote for.

And the change in precincts will affect Tanglewood area residents on where they file small claims or civil suits since those filing any suit in justice court will have to go to a different location to do so.

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