Local Government Preps for 2010 Census

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Hundreds of residents flocked to the town square in Enterprise as the city played host to the annual Boll Weevil Festival.

City officials took advantage of the high-turnout to get the word out about next year's census.

Every 10 years, the federal government tries to get an accurate head count of every person living in the United States.

Wiregrass leaders are working with the census bureau to make sure their numbers add up.

“We’re with the mayor's office and we've partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau this year and we're just trying to get the word out about how important it is for everyone to be counted,” said Brooke Denney, Projects Assistant with the City of Enterprise.

Brooke Denney is helping spread the word about next year's census.

“It’s really important that we get the accurate data so we get the funding it also helps establish is we need new roads, new hospitals, new day care systems,” said Denney.

“The more participation we have the more grant dollars we have access to,” said Tara Emnett, Special Projects Coordinator with the city of Enterprise.

She says some people may have some misconceptions when it comes to the census.

“A lot of people understand it they don’t realize that it does not effect any kind of government disbursement all I can do it help its not here to harm any body its here to help our city, all of our cities,” said Emnett.

In February and March of next year, the questionnaires will start arriving in homes nationwide.

“It's only a 10 question questionnaire it's the shortest in history so it's very simple to fill out it takes about 10 minutes,” said Denney.

Those forms must be completed and mailed by April 1st.

“The most important thing is it does affect our grant dollars in the city and our grant dollars allow us to do more projects,” said Emnett.

If a household fails to respond, census works will go door-to-door for a quick “Q and A” session.

“Just make sure you get those forms filled out!” said Emnett.

In the last census in 2000, Enterprise had 64% of their questionnaires returned.

That was one of the highest return rates in the state.

For more information, visit www.2010census.gov.

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