A bill that incorporates new redistricting lines for the Dougherty County Commission and Dougherty County School Board was approved by Gov. Nathan Deal.
ALBANY, Ga. — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the bill that redraws the political lines for the Dougherty County Commission and the Dougherty County School Board.
The map must now head to the U.S. Justice Department for approval and hurdle any legal challenges before the lines will go into effect.
The maps for the county commission and school board are identical and were the same maps recommended by a special joint committee of school board and commission members headed up by the Rev. James Bush, the chairman of the Dougherty County Board of Education.
The maps reflect a shift in population into Northwest and North Central Dougherty County.
City residents will have an opportunity to sound off on their maps during a public hearing at the government center downtown today.
Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said Monday that a public hearing had been set for 6 p.m. in room 100 of the government center to allow the public to review the proposed maps and make any comments.
“Obviously the public is an integral part of the discussion about how these maps are drawn and we hope that they’ll come out and participate,” Smith said.
The city commission is deliberately moving at a more tempered pace as compared to their county counterparts because of this year’s municipal elections.
With four seats at the commission table in play, the current city commissioners decided last month to continue the process into the early part of next year to allow any new commissioners and the new mayor to have the ability to influence the maps.