Bloomington Activists Oppose Proposed Ward Changes

Published 02/21 2014 02:48PM

Updated 02/21 2014 06:12PM

BLOOMINGTON - A binding referendum on Bloomington’s ballot could make big changes to the city's leadership structure.

A group of community activists say there's no need to make changes to its aldermen system, though. Right now, the city has nine aldermen, one representing each ward.

A "yes" vote could redistrict the city into five wards and pick three at-large aldermen. Members of the group Citizens for Responsible Government say it would give a less accurate view of the city's needs.

"We think that would dilute everyone's voice, make it difficult for the aldermen to really represent the people that they serve and we really don't want that to happen,” said long-time resident Susan Heiser.

Right now, each of the wards in Bloomington represents about 8- or 9,000 people. If the binding referendum passed, Mayor Tari Renner would have the tie-breaking vote for all council issues.

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