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Census 2010 is coming
“We’ve got to get everybody on board with this,”
The U.S. Census is a constitutionally mandated population count of everyone living in the
The state of
Census employees will visit households who do not respond. Officials say it is better financially to have residents complete the form and not wait for someone to knock on their door. The Census employees will be paid with tax dollars.
The overall data must be submitted to President Barack Obama by Dec. 31, 2010, but individual household information must be completed months in advance of that date.
Information about the U.S. Census Bureau can be found on-line at http://www.census.gov/.
The mail-out/mail-back questionnaire for the 2010 Census contains just 10 questions, much shorter than the pages of previous Censuses, said Henry T. Armstrong III, a U.S. Census partnership specialist from
“Anybody who doesn’t mail it back will have someone come to their residence,” Armstrong said. “The more forms returned cuts down the tax dollars and the number of enumerators.”
Armstrong said the community needs to have various parts of the county committed to make the Census successful. Those parts include media, education, organizations, churches, businesses and government.
“The whole idea is to get the word out,” he said.
In every Census there will be individuals who do not fill out the questionnaire which leads to a visit from an enumerator, but those totals need not be excessive, Armstrong said.
For the 1990 Census, 80 Screven County Caucasians did not complete the form, while 245 African-Americans didn’t. That was out of less than 14,000 total county residents.
“Two hundred forty-five? That is entirely too high,” Armstrong said. “You’ve got one time to fill out the form and if we don’t, we have to wait 10 years to complain about not getting those federal dollars,” Armstrong said. “This time around, you’ve got to make this Census personal.”
Kimbrough said people must get involved in this project or the entire county and state will suffer.
To take part in the promotion of the Census, contact Kimbrough at city hall at 564-7411.