"The City-County Council legally and fairly redistricted earlier this year. As the city works to erase an estimated $47 million budget shortfall for 2013, this proposal was an unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer money."
Democrats take issue with the word "legally" used to describe a redistricting plan passed by the council Republicans while they were still in control of the council last year. State law required the council to redistrict this year following the 2010 decennial census. Republicans feared they might lose control of the council and began secretly drawing new boundaries before last year's municipal election. After the election where Democrats captured control of the council, the lame duck Republican-led council rammed through a redistricting plan. Democrats contend that it violated the spirit, if not the letter, of the state law providing for redistricting to be done this year. By waiting until after the first of the year to sign the ordinance into the law, Ballard claims the new redistricting plan satisfies the requirements of the state law.
Given that Common Cause has made redistricting software available for free use, I'm not sure why Democrats simply don't use that free software to devise a new map instead of spending as much as the Republicans spent last year on redistricting, which was about $250,000, if they believe the redistricting plan adopted by the Republicans is so unfair. Any fair analysis of the Republican-passed plan would show that Democrats stand at least a 50% chance, if not better, of retaining control of the council under the newly-drawn boundaries. At least then the mayor would not be able to cite the unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer money as a reason for vetoing the ordinance.