NORWICH – Though Chenango County’s 21 towns and one city vary widely in population and property values, when it comes to government decision-making, it’s the number of residents that wields the real power.
Population numbers determine how much weight a supervisor carries when voting on a particular resolution. The 2000 census tallied 7,355 residents for Norwich, the highest population center in Chenango County, versus 378 people in German, the lowest. Therefore, the city of Norwich’s two supervisors collectively carry the highest number of weighted votes, 342, compared to Town of German Supervisor Richard Schlag who carries the lowest, at 18.
The weighted vote system is recalibrated every 10 years when each new census is taken, as it will be next year.