Washington County Board won’t expand to 7 members

There will be no change in the number of commissioner districts in Washington County. The county board last week agreed to stay with five and will not bump the number of commissioner districts to seven. Action came following a March 13 public hearing during which no citizens spoke on the proposal. During the meeting, board members discussed a draft list of principles that will govern the redistricting process. The board also determined that those principles will state that the number of board members will remain at five. The board must set district boundaries based on the results of the 2010 census. The board has determined that it will set the new district boundaries by April 17, so it may comply with a deadline for redistricting soil and water conservation districts at the same time.