After months of debate the Burlington City Council has voted on a new redistricting policy.
Population shifts have forced the Queen City to remap the districts to create more equal representation on the council. Monday night, council members voted to approve a map that splits the city into eight wards and four districts for a total of 12 city councilors. The plan, known as 8-4-12, also means the number of school board members will decrease from 14 to 12 members. Not all councilors were in favor of the decision.
"We thought it was not fair since Ward 6 is really not the source of the problem, to have Ward 6 be the area that was sacrificed in order to make this plan work," said Norman Blais, D-Burlington City Council.
The plan is not a done deal. It heads to voters who will get the final say on Town Meeting Day in March.