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April 13, 3:10 PM click here to comment > 0

A reminder to stand up and be counted

This is an important reminder to please fill out and mail back your 2010 Census questionnaire today if you haven’t done so already. Households that don’t mail back their census form by April 16 will be visited by a census taker, beginning in May. It is important that we all urge as many people as possible to mail back their completed forms. Our census count is more accurate when people respond to the census through the mail. In addition, mailing the forms saves the federal government – and taxpayers – a significant amount of money.

A complete count of all Washingtonians helps ensure that we receive our fair share of federal funding – money we need for important services, such as neighborhood improvements, housing, transportation, schools and many other programs that matter to our community. Every year $400 billion is divided by the federal government among local governments based on the information collected by the census. That money represents crucial funding for vital community services such as transportation, health clinics, education programs, job training, child care, and more. But how much we get depends on how many people the federal government knows are here.

Our region has a history of being undercounted, which has resulted in less funding than we deserve. That is why it is critical that we organize as a community to make our presence known. By standing up and being counted, each of us commands the resources of the federal government into action in our own community. With the challenges we face, we can’t afford to miss this chance.

Completing the census form is safe. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data, a promise that incurs severe penalties if broken.

If you didn’t receive a questionnaire or need help completing it, call the 2010 Census toll-free number at 1-866-872-6868 or visit www.2010census.gov .

Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson