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Bloomington Residents Learn Pros, Cons of Redistricting

In November, community members gathered signatures for a petition. With the goal to change the current nine ward alignment into five larger wards, with three at-large aldermen.
BLOOMINGTON - On Friday, citizens of Bloomington learned about one of the key issues on the March 18 ballot, redistricting the wards.

In November, community members gathered signatures for a petition. With the goal to change the current nine ward alignment into five larger wards, with three at-large aldermen.

Supporters say it better allows the aldermen to serve the needs of the whole community and each individual ward, but those against it say it wouldn't have the same accountability level.

"It'll take more money, it'll take more time, and those of us who truly are interested in what's best for the individuals of Bloomington and for small business, we don't often have the time or the resources to do it." Ryan Fiala, former alderman candidate.

"That will get those people who match those qualifications better and therefore the whole council will be better because not everyone is trying to concentrate on both, with talents that might be better served for one or the other,” said Rob Fazzini, Bloomington alderman.

If the proposal passes, the redistricting would not change until 2017. Those currently serving on the city council at that time would help change the ward boundaries.

Under the redistricting scenario, Mayor Tari Renner would have the tie-breaking vote.

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