Officials Counting On 2010 Census

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

We're talking about the 2010 Census.

While it's a year away, work is already beginning in several counties to make sure there's an accurate count this time around.

Hazard and Perry County officials learned a hard lesson in 2000.

"If we don't count it right the first time, there's no second time," said Mayor Bill Gorman.

Fire Chief Sam Stacy and county leaders already met with census officials to begin planning for 2010. The last census count showed Eastern Kentucky population on a decline, but when Stacy and others recounted they found at least 10,000 more people in the county, and about 5,000 in the city. The recount took four months and the census only gave them credit for one person.

"We discovered that a lot of the households there that they were counting as a single family residence was actually a two to four family apartment," said Stacy.

Officials say they used the same maps and formula from the census to do their recount.

"It might of worked in New York City or San Francisco, but it certainly won't work in the mountains of Kentucky because when you come to four corners sometimes it's on top of a mountain," said Gorman.

And missing all of those people affects money for school systems, road projects and how congressional districts are decided.

Officials say the 2010 survey is much easier, with only 10 questions to fill out.

"It will be very simple and if anyone needs any assistance filling out those forms anyone at the city would be more than glad to help them with that," said Stacy.

They plan to use festivals, school events and other methods to reach out to people before the count so they understand why it's important to be included.

Pike and Floyd counties experienced similar problems in the 2000 count. Leaders there are also meeting with census officials to make sure everyone is included in 2010.

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  • by steve Location: irvine on Apr 8, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    Hey liberals make sure you get all of your illegal aliens that way you can win elections.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    I got my paket in the mail to fill out. I send it back unfilled with a note to Obama and ACORN that I will not be part of their fraud. Then a few days ago I got a call from a census worker asking me if I had filled out my forms and sent them back, I told him to go ask Lard Obama, King of the Universe.
  • by Chuck Location: Pike on Apr 8, 2009 at 11:38 AM
    Another Obama hijacking. Our freedom and country will soon be gone.
  • by Brittanicus Location: Indianapolis, IN on Apr 8, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    One of the most anarchistic organizations in the United States is (ACORN) Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Acorn like La Raza and other radical groups, derive money out of the public trough, unknown to taxpayers. Acorn cloaked in secret, with deceptive and questionable practices regarding the mortgage debacle are now involved in the Census headcount. Now with the 2010 census eminent, we know that ACORN will be instrumental in working as census enumerators. This is absolutely outrageous as hundreds of the individual involved is now being investigated by the Justice Dept.
  • by Brittanicus Location: Indianapolis, IN on Apr 8, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    This Census data is used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to contribute, and to distribute $300 billion dollars in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments annually. The major problem is that 40 million illegal aliens-- so states the Heritage Foundation, have to be counted, even though its a travesty of our immigration laws. It's a fact that "SANCTUARY STATES" have massive populations of illegal aliens and families and therefore get more seats in Congress. I doubt if our Constitutional forefathers expected that the Census would be manipulated to support the en masses of illegal foreign nationals. Adding to the disgusting scenario is the fact that ACORN is involved in this nationwide count, when fraudulent voting registrations were apprehended by the authorities. Until alleged criminal activities have been investigated, the Acorn organization should be exempt from any dealings with the Census. ILLEGAL I
  • by Tony McDaniel Location: London on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    I don't think that the census matters as obama's group acorn is know working the census. Their figures will only reflect what ever there boss tells them


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