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City Council looks at ward realignment
The Grants Pass City Council during their Tuesday workshop decided to take a look at ward boundaries to determine if those boundaries need to be changed given current census data.

Every 10 years after receiving census data the council looks at city population and the 2010 census indicates that a majority of Grants Pass residents live in the southwest ward which is the lands south of the railroad tracks and west of 6th Street. Two councilors are elected from each of the city’s four wards and Councilor Jim Goodwin pointed out that for the city to be equally represented the wards needed to divide the population as equally as possible.

Two options presented during the workshop included using M, N and Bridge streets or the Rogue River as the boundary for north and south wards and the possibility of using 4th Street as the boundary for east and west.

Councilors also compared System Development Charges with other southern Oregon cities such as Ashland, Central Point, Medford, Roseburg and Klamath Falls. Grants Pass has the lowest SDCs of the local cities and the item has been added to a future agenda to increase the SDCs for the construction of a residential structure by approximately $1,000.