Taxpayer rip-off of the week: Redistricting Jefferson County [The Arena]

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The latest news from City Hall is the announcement that the Commission to Reapportion Jefferson County into Three Districts has begun its work and is now ready to hear public comment on proposed new district boundaries for the A, B, and C county commissioner districts. This will result in new district boundaries for the Constables and Justices of the Peace.

At the Commission’s next meeting, the public will be asked to comment on the redrawing of the three boundary lines. The next meeting will be on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. It will take place in the first floor conference room of City Hall. Comments will be limited to five minutes per speaker. 

This meeting could just as well be held in City Hall’s third floor men’s room; nobody is expected to show up to speak.  Nobody cares.  Few even understand why the Jefferson County Magisterial Districts need to be reapportioned at all.

Back in the day, Jefferson County was ruled by a Fiscal Court, comprised of a County Judge and three Magistrates, known as Justices of the Peace (Yes, they could perform marriages).  Starting in 2003, however, the County was merged with the City of Louisville, and Louisville Metro was formed.  We now have a Metro Mayor and 26 Metro Councilmen to spend our tax money for us.

But the geniuses who drafted the merger legislation forgot to eliminate the old offices of County Judge, County Commissioner (Magistrate), and Constable.  These seven individuals have no duties, receive no compensation, and generally as useful as teats on a boar hog.

But Kentucky law requires us to go to the idiotic expense of listing these offices on the ballot every four years (there are actually folks who run for these “jobs”), count their votes, and issue their election certificates.

And, every ten years, we are required to reapportion Jefferson County’s three Magisterial Districts, based upon federal census statistics, to conform to the “one man, one vote” principle.  All of this waste of taxpayer money is legally necessary, due to a stupid mistake made by the guy who wrote the merger law (we know his name, but will keep it a secret, to protect his family from harm).

In addition to the public comment that will be taken, anyone who really cares about this silliness can submit written comments. Those comments should be sent to the Metro Council Clerk. They can be sent to: the Clerk via email at kathy.herron@louisvilleky.gov. Comments can also be sent via U.S. Mail to:  The Metro Council Clerk, City Hall, 1st Floor, 601 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

And, no, the meeting will not be held in City Hall’s third floor men’s room.  That’s where they flush your tax money down the drain.

 

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