PASCO -- Franklin County commissioners have a plan to balance the county's population between commissioner districts.
But the county can't change districts for another year.
The county is required to have a redistricting plan based on the 2010 census data, said Commissioner Brad Peck. But because counties can only alter commission districts once in four years, commissioners must wait until December 2012 before any changes can be made.
No one district can have a population difference of more than 10 percent from any other district.
Commission Chairman Bob Koch said they can tweak the plan prior to adopting new districts.
And maybe growth in east Pasco will make fewer changes necessary to District 2, which Koch represents, he said.
District 2 includes Pasco east of 10th Avenue and would give up precincts to the other districts in the proposal.
District 2 is home to 30,335 people, which is 8,236 more than District 3, which has the lowest population, according to county documents.
District 1, Peck's district, would include most of Pasco west of 10th Avenue and south of Interstate 182, while District 3, represented by Commissioner Rick Miller, will include Pasco north of I-182 and west of Tacoma Avenue.
The plan doesn't change commissioner boundaries north of Pasco.
Peck said commissioners anticipate adopting the plan next week.
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