Sun Prairie city government is inviting you to complete an online survey that will help a task force make a recommendation to the City Council. The task force must decide whether to recommend (a) to keep the current structure of the City Council—eight alderpersons representing two districts, with two alderpersons per district—or (b) to increase the number of districts to make each district smaller, with fewer residents and fewer households in each district. The City Council might follow the task force’s recommendation or it might not—the task force is purely advisory.
Some Wisconsin cities with approximately the same population as Sun Prairie have more alderperson districts, which makes each district smaller. Some of those cities have two alderpersons per district, like Sun Prairie, while others have one alderperson per district.
Every ten years, when data from the new census is available, every municipality in Wisconsin must re-draw the boundaries of their wards and districts so that each municipality’s wards and districts have approximately equal populations. In 2021, Sun Prairie’s City Clerk will use 2020 census data to create new alderperson district boundaries to propose to the City Council for approval.
If Sun Prairie wants to change the number of alderperson districts or number of alderpersons on the City Council, it would be most practical to do so in conjunction with this redistricting.
Take the survey here!
The survey is open through April 30, 2021.