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Burlington narrows down redistricting options

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A busy night Monday at the Burlington City Council meeting where redistricting the city was a major discussion.

Population shifts have forced the city to remap Burlington's districts to create more equal representation on the City Council.

The city currently has seven wards with two council members from each ward. Monday night, the council rejected a plan calling for 13 city council members and seven wards. They also nixed reducing polling stations from eight locations to four. The one plan left standing–- and most likely to be approved-- is to redistrict the city into eight wards and four districts, for a total of 12 City Council members.

The City Council also voted to keep member terms at two years and not increase to three.

"We have not had the opportunity as a council to talk to our neighbors about how they would feel about changing the term of City Council from two years to three years. And for that reason I just think it's too late to start introducing the idea changing the terms," said Jane Knodell, P-Burlington City Council.

As for the redistricting, the City Council will pick up the discussion on that final proposal next Monday.

During which the council will also address any changes to the number of school board members for the redistricting.

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