At its regular meeting on February 20, 2019, the Board of Directors for Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) approved a resolution to transition the district from electing board members “at large” to “by district,” starting with the November 2020 General Election. With this change, CSD becomes one of numerous cities and special districts that have converted from at-large to by-district elections in recent years.
The change means that CSD directors will be elected only by those voters living in one of five districts, where the board candidate must reside.
“This change reflects the CSD Board’s desire that all residents living in our district have their priorities and concerns represented,” said Board President Gil Albiani. “As the population of our CSD grows, it has become more important that neighborhoods have a ‘go-to’ Board member to help address their unique set of issues. Under this new election format, our Board will continue to have the opportunity to set a district-wide vision and policies that are best for all CSD residents, while bringing a neighborhood understanding of the day-to-day issues in one portion of the CSD.”
To implement the transition, CSD will engage a consultant to divide the jurisdictional boundaries of CSD into five districts, placing highest priority on creating divisions of equal population. Other factors can be considered in the creation of districts. The public will have the opportunity to participate in two public forums before maps are drawn, two forums after maps have been drafted, and a public hearing at which the Board will adopt the map for the five districts.
Three Board positions will be up for election in 2020. Electing Board members by-district also provides cost savings for CSD between $30,000 and $50,000 due to the fact that CSD will be conducting elections among voters in either three or two districts (depending on the year), instead of the entire CSD.
The Cosumnes CSD serves an estimated 190,680 south Sacramento County residents in a 157-square mile area. Its award-winning parks and recreation services – including the operation of 97 CSD parks – operate exclusively within the Elk Grove community. It provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the cities of Elk Grove and Galt and unincorporated areas of south Sacramento County.