Time For City Council Districts in Everett?

March 14, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

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Everett’s Charter is getting its 10 year review.

City Council Districts by geography have been implemented in several Puget Sound cities and now the City of Everett Charter Review Committee is taking a look. The committee recently heard from only three people at its public hearing but that was enough to get the process moving. Last September one of the people now serving on the committee, Megan Dunn, proposed to the city council a plan to have five separate districts by geography with two districts at large. You can see that proposal and a suggested district map below.

Everett Districts with Streets (1)

Proposal-District Elections in Everett-final (2)

At the city council presentation on September 30th, council members voiced their desire to have the charter review committee consider city council districts. Dunn will be presenting her proposal to the Charter Review Committee at a future meeting.

It has also been suggested that council districts be determined by income bracket to better represent all of Everett with 1 district having a household income under $25,000.00 a year, 2 districts, $25,000 – $50,000 a year, 3 districts $50,000 – $100,000 a year and 1 district $100,000+.

Whatever the Charter Review Committee decides, it is only an advisory board and the city council does not have to implement any recommendations.

Other things the committee is expected to look at in the coming weeks include changing the name of those who serve on the city council to councilperson instead of councilman and removing the requirement that there has to be a city council meeting every week.

You can learn more about what the charter review committee is doing and give your input by clicking here.

Their next meeting is set for this Thursday at 4:30 PM in the Wall Street building.




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2 Responses to “Time For City Council Districts in Everett?”

  1. Jo Says:

    Division by income, fascinating idea but I’m not sure it’s a good one. Low income people are usually less active in politics to start with, and many of them are low income because of poor choices they make – and do we need more poor choices in Everett? I like the geographic options though.

  2. Bourne Says:

    What problems can’t more city beauracracy solve?