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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Census Crucial For Federal & State Funding

County Participation Rate Now 65% In U.S. Census

censusbadge1Some 65 percent of Potter County residents have filled out and mailed their 2010 U.S. Census questionnaires as of Tuesday morning, April 6, according to a report issued from the Potter County Commissioners. After a encouraging start, the county’s participation rate no longer exceeds the statewide average (67%) but is still higher than the national rate (62%).

Potter County Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich points out that $10,000 in state and federal funding during the decade hinges on each person who is counted, so the stakes are high. Census data are used to distribute more than 50 federal grants, including support for education, transportation, health and human services, housing, criminal justice, employment services, farming and environmental protection.

“Our goal is 100 percent,” Dietrich said. “As high as the consequences of an undercount are for the county, they’re even higher for the townships and boroughs.”

Some Potter County residents may have not yet received their 2010 U.S. Census questionnaires. They should call a toll-free number, 1-866-872-6868, if their form has not arrived. U.S. citizens are required by law to complete the census form. Temporary Census Bureau employees will soon begin door-to-door visits of residences that have not returned the questionnaire.

Questionnaires have been reduced from 10 pages in 2000 to 10 questions this time around. Potter County Human Services is encouraging anyone who has questions or concerns about the forms to attend a workshop at the agency’s office in Roulette from 1-3 pm on Tuesday, April 13. There’s also a Questionnaire Assistance Center, available toll-free at 1-866-872-6868.


Mr Realistic said...

they would get a better percentage if they mailed out a $100 check to each household that filled out the forms and it would be cheaper than all of the stupid advertising flyers and recorded phone calls.

Anonymous said...

This census is so stupid. They already know who lives where by the filed income taxes. Those that don't file or don't have to file, who cares where they live? P.S. I really couldn't care less about losing the 10,000 per person over the next 10 years. Just reduce my taxes by that amount.

Anonymous said...

silly,, a workshop to answer 10 census questions, wow, my tax dollars at work.

Anonymous said...

If they'd quit wasting all the money on mailing census forms and 15 reminder post cards we'd have enough money to stay a float ... We are getting reminder post cards about our reminder post cards...

Anonymous said...

May I remind you that I reminded you that you needed to be reminded to remember that you were reminded?
The part that scares me is that one-third of the people in Potter County are showing what dildines they really are by not sending in the forms. Does anybody believe in civic duty any more?