The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners is set to hold a public hearing on June 2 that will take the county one step closer to redrawing the lines that determine the three commissioner districts.
According to C.R.S. 30-10-306, counties are to be divided into three compact districts by the BoCC, with each district being as equal in population to the others as possible — based on the most recent federal census of the United States.
With the most recent census taking place in 2010, the current commissioner districts are not as equally balanced as they should be.
If left as is, and based on the 2010 Census, the total for each district would be as follows: District 1 would have a population of 4,542, District 2 would be at 4,438 and District 3 would be at 3,104.
Because of the imbalance, the Archuleta County IT Department, working with Archuleta County Clerk and Recorder June Madrid, has worked to come up with a scenario to more closely align the districts in terms of population.
After making a couple of attempts at pulling different census population blocks from Districts 1 and 2 to move into District 3, a division was found — moving each district’s population figures to closer to the limits required.
The boundaries being presented to the BoCC at the meeting propose the following population totals: District 1 would have a population of 4,042 people, District 2 would have 3,996 and the total population in District 3 would be 4,045.
The BoCC will hold the public hearing on the topic at 6 p.m. on June 2 in the commission meeting room in the courthouse.
Maps will be available for public review showing the before and after divisions. No decision will be made during this hearing, but public comment will be heard by the commissioners.
June Madrid contributed to this report.