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Good Question:Why did we receive a letter telling us we would receive our census papers, how much did it cost taxpayers?

It is a major undertaking each decade, getting people to fill out the census but it's the latest effort by the government to get you to fill out the form that has many upset.

Good Question: Mary in Morehead writes: Why did we receive a letter telling us we would receive our census papers, how much did it cost taxpayers?

The TV campaign has been airing for awhile now, but its a letter that came by mail that has some people ticked off.

It simply says be prepared to get a census packet in the mail.

"I think it's a waste of money. It its coming in one week, just send it. that's a lot of postage."
" Its a big waste of money, especially when we have this bad economy. They could do it by phone call or email."

The US Census Bureau says it spent 85 million dollars on two mailers, one to tell us the census was coming, the other to say it had actually been sent.

While some call that a waste, the census director says its an extra push to cut costs later.

"All these things we're doing is to save the taxpayer money." said Robert Groves, the Census Director.

Reportedly 120 million letters were sent out at a cost of 44 cents a piece, that's a total of of more than 50 million dollars in taxpayer money.

The government does say the money spent on the letter would be better than the $3,000 it estimates it costs just to send someone to your front door.

The 2000 census had a 72 percent return rate, and officials are hoping to better that this time around.


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