The County Line
By Joe Jaynes
In March, the U. S. Census Bureau will mail a 2010 Census form to every residence in the United States. Please take 10 minutes to fill out and mail back the form. If forms are not mailed back in March then from April through July the Census Bureau will be sending out field representatives to knock on your door or give you a call.
So to avoid the visit or the call, please mail back the form. It is also important to point out that about $85 million in taxpayer dollars are saved for every one percent increase in mail response.
The 2010 Census form will ask for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home – just 10 simple questions that will take about 10 minutes to answer. Your answers are protected by law and are not shared with anyone.
If a Census Field Representative does knock on your door they must present an ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. The field representative may also be carrying a bag with a Census Bureau logo. The field representative will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the Regional Office phone number for verification, if asked and the field representative will provide you with a letter from the Census Bureau Director on official letterhead.
Field representatives will ask the same 10 questions that are on the mailed form. Field representatives will never ask you for your social security number, bank account number, or credit card number. Census workers also never solicit for donations and will never contact you by e-mail.
In 2000, Collin County’s population was approximately 500,000. Today we are hovering near 800,000. This is a 61% growth rate since the last census. For Collin County citizens accurate counts will mean more representation in both Austin and Washington and more funding for infrastructure and services like:
· Job training centers
· Senior centers
· Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
· Emergency services
For more information about the upcoming 2010 Census visit http://www.census.gov/2010census.