CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 173  


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  • A CHARTER ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WICHITA, KANSAS, PERTAINING TO THE REVISION OF COUNCIL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES; AMENDING SECTION 1 OF CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 126 AND SECTION 9 OF CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 112; REPEALING THE ORIGINALS OF CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 126 AND SECTION 9 OF CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 112.

    BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WICHITA, KANSAS:

    SECTION 1. Section 8 of Charter Ordinance No. 112 as amended by Section 1 of Charter Ordinance No. 126 is hereby amended to read as follows:

    "SECTION 8. Revision of Boundary Lines. Commencing in July of 1990, in July of 1992, in July of 2002, and in July of every tenth year thereafter, the Council shall appoint a commission of the electors of the City who shall examine the plan of districts and shall, by September 30 of each such year, recommend to the Council such revisions in the boundary lines of the districts so as to meet the requirements stated below in Section 9. On or prior to December 31 of each such year, the Council by ordinary ordinance shall re-establish the district boundaries as recommended by the commission of electors or shall reject, in whole or in part the recommendations of the commission of electors and reestablish the boundaries as it sees fit so as to meet the requirements stated below in Section 9. The Council shall certify the boundaries so re-established to the Election Commissioner of Sedgwick County. The commission appointed to recommend revisions to district lines shall have at least one elector from each district.

    Any territory hereafter annexed to or consolidated with the City of Wichita, Kansas, shall at the time of such annexation or consolidation be added to an adjacent district or districts by an ordinary ordinance of the Council; provided that if any territory annexed or consolidated prior to June 1 of the year preceding a City election shall contain qualified voters sufficient in number to upset the approximate equality of the established districts by a deviation of ten percent (10%) or more, the Council shall provide for redistricting the City in accord with the procedures described in this section.

    In the event that the revision of district boundaries shall result in an incumbent Council member residing outside that member′s district, such Council member shall continue to be qualified to serve until the completion of the term for which elected. Further, if a Council member moves out of the district from which elected within four (4) months of the end of the members term, such member shall continue to be qualified to complete the term for which elected."

    SECTION 2. Section 9 of Charter Ordinance No. 112 is hereby amended to read as follows:

    "SECTION 9. Requirements for Re-establishing District Boundary Lines. The boundary lines for the six (6) Council districts shall be re-established by the commission of electors and Council so as to:

    1. Contain within each district a population which to the greatest extent feasible is equal to one-sixth ( 1/6 ) of the total population of the City, but which under no circumstances shall be greater or less than one-sixth ( 1/6 ) of the total population of the City by more than five percent (5%), based on the U.S. decennial census or upon the most current population data then available.

    2. Maintain a reasonably compact area in each district and avoid any noncontiguous zones or any unusually exaggerated extension of district lines.

    3. Follow election precinct lines as established by the Sedgwick County Election Commissioner and be described in terms of the wards and precincts contained in each district.

    4. Avoid use of number of registered voters by party or other partisan data.

    5. Maintain, as much as possible, the integrity of broadly cohesive areas of interest."

    SECTION 3. Repeal. The originals of Charter Ordinance No. 126 and Section 9 of Charter Ordinance No. 112 of the City of Wichita, Kansas, are hereby repealed.

    SECTION 4. Publication. This Charter Ordinance shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the official City newspaper.

    SECTION 5. This is a Charter Ordinance and will take effect sixty-one (61) days after final publication unless a sufficient petition for a referendum is filed and a referendum held on this ordinance as provided in Article 12, Section 5, of the Constitution of the State of Kansas, in which case this Charter Ordinance shall become effective if approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon.

    PASSED by the governing body, not less than two-thirds of the members elect voting in favor thereof, this October 20, 1998.

    Bob Knight, Mayor

    ATTEST:

    Pat Burnett, City Clerk

    Approved as to form:

    Gary E. Rebenstorf, Director of Law