By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – The Corinth Board of Aldermen recently approved an agreement with the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District to prepare new ward maps in preparation for 2014 elections.
Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Corinth’s Wards 2 and 5 appear to be the ones that will need population adjustment to come back into balance with the city’s other three wards, said City Clerk Vickie Roach.
In addition to 2014 featuring mid-term elections for U.S. Congress, Corinth will hold municipal elections in line with its special charter.
The planning and development district conducted a preliminary analysis to determine if there had been sufficient population shifts in Corinth to warrant redrawing ward maps, or redistricting, and determined that two of the wards had populations that were not within the federally required 10 percent of each other in population.
The contract was awarded for the planning and development district to complete the redistricting at a cost of $4,000, including providing legal descriptions of the wards and maps. The work is expected to be completed within 120 days, Roach said. The agency also is conducting redistricting work for Alcorn County.