MONTPELIER – Approximately 30 Vermonters voiced their concerns about the drafted Senate reapportionment plan on Wednesday afternoon.
The special senate reapportionment committee heardtestimony for an hour and a half on Wednesday at the Statehouse regarding draft map.
The legislature is required to redraw the house and senate districts based on new population data obtained by the census every ten years.
The draft proposal presented on Wednesday would make no change to Grand Isle, Orange or Caledonia County districts. The proposal adds Charlotte to the Addison County district and removed Brandon to place it in the Rutland County district.
The proposal adds Somerset to the Bennington County district from the Windham County district.
Bolton would be added to the Chittenden County district from the Washington County district. The proposal would add Berkshire and Belvidere to the Essex-Orleans district and removes Eden from the district. Mount Holly would be removed from the Rutland County district to be added to the Windsor district.
The majority of the public comments were voicing concerns against adding Charlotte to the Addison County district and keeping Eden and Belvidere together and in the Lamoille County district
Donna Spielman, a Charlotte resident, came to testify after starting a petition a few days ago of Charlotte residents who were against moving the town to the Addison County district. Spielman said that since Saturday when she posted the online petition she has already had 167 signatures.
“Moving Charlotte to Addison County dilutes our vote,” said Spielman. “The plan ignores the economic, political and social concerns of our community.”
Sen. Jeanette White, a Putney Democrat, assured those in attendance that the committee would take their concerns into consideration when finalizing the districts, but warned that there is no way to make everyone happy.
“No change is without pain to someone,” said White. “Someone is going to end up being unhappy.”