The Costilla County Board of Commissioners will convene a Special Meeting to receive comments and consider adoption of a new County Commissioner District map at the Commissioners Meeting Room, 352 Main Street, San Luis at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday November 10th. The hearing will also take place via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86499007273. Dial-in (346) 248-7799. Meeting ID: 864 9900 7273.
The county is accepting written comments on the three redistricting options until November 3, 2022. Written comments should be sent to: Costilla County Board of Commissioners, Attn: Ben Doon, P.O. Box 100, San Luis, CO 81152 or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The redrawing of Commissioner districts called redistricting occurs every 10 years based on census data. The Decennial Census is mandated by Congress and the data collected must be used to redraw Congressional districts. At the county level, the three County Commissioner districts will be reapportioned to balance the districts based on new population data.
There are three different options available for the County Commissioners and public to consider. Click on the links below to view and download (the files are large) the redistricting options based on the 2020 census data.
Large paper copies of the redistricting maps can be viewed at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office located at 400 Gasper Street in San Luis. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Commissioner districts must have no more than a five percent deviation between the least and most populous districts. Reference CRS 30-10-306(1). Previously, they needed to be "as nearly equal in population as possible."
“We encourage people to review the redistricting webpage and participate in the Public Hearing with comments and questions,” said County Administrator Ben Doon. “Public input is essential as we redraw Commissioner districts, and we value the community’s feedback.”
Reference CRS 30-10-306(4) - No "redistricting out" of sitting Commissioners states that a Commissioner remains eligible to serve out their term even if they reside in a different district after redistricting.
Per State Statute, redistricting must normally be completed by September 30 of the odd-numbered year following the census. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused data delays for the 2020 Census, making it impossible for counties to conduct the mandated review by the 2021 deadline. Due to the exceptional circumstances, the Colorado legislature adopted House Bill 21-1047 which included a timeline adjustment for redistricting, with an updated deadline of September 30, 2023.