By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pike County Board has approved a new plan for multi-township districts.
The so-called Curry Compromise, developed by board member Cleve Curry, divides the county into six multi-township districts solely for assessment purposes.
Curry, however, would like to see townships take the plan a step further.
"Hopefully some townships may combine township government in time as we start working together with this idea," Curry said at Tuesday's board meeting.
His plan addressed an objection to an earlier plan presented by Supervisor of Assessments Cindy Shaw.
The plan is reviewed every 10 years based on Census numbers for the county's 24 townships. A township must have a population of 1,000 to stand on its own. Townships with lower populations are combined into multi-township districts.
Shaw's plan called for six multi-township districts in the county, with four townships on their own.
Ross Township had objected to Shaw's plan, which shifted it from working with Pleasant Hill Township into a district with Martinsburg and Atlas townships. Pleasant Hill had enough population to stand on its own, but Martinsburg and Atlas did not.
Curry's plan, first outlined in October during a required public hearing on the plan, put Ross, Pleasant Hill, Martinsburg and Atlas in one district.
The plan also combines:
º Chambersburg, Perry, Fairmount, Flint, Griggsville and New Salem townships.
º Newburg and Pittsfield.
º Detroit, Montezuma, Pearl, Hardin and Spring Creek.
º Hadley, Derry and Barry.
º Pleasant Vale, Kinderhook, Cincinnati and Levee.
Curry said the number of improved parcels in the districts ranges from 2,871 in Pittsfield-Newburg to 1,404 for the northwest portion of the county in Pleasant Vale, Kinderhook, Cincinnati and Levee townships.
The county currently has seven multi-township districts and three standalones.
The new plan will go into effect for the 2017 election year and the 2018 assessment year.