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By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

Did you come home this past week or two to find a 2010 Census bag on your door knob? If so, fill out the enclosed form and send it back immediately.
That’s the advice of 2010 Census officials. If every household does that, there will be no need for a followup visit by a census taker.
All households in Chase County have already received or will soon be receiving the bag. It takes 10 minutes to fill out the answers to the 10 questions on the form.
The forms should all be delivered by April 1, according to Vic Gentry of the North Platte census office.
If someone misplaces the form, or forgets to send it back, Gentry said that person will receive a visit from a census taker after May 1.
The census taker will knock on the door, ask the 10 questions and write down the answers. The census taker is authorized to make three attempts to obtain the information.
Gentry said it costs taxpayers less if that visit doesn’t have to occur.
The census is important, Gentry said, as funding for many projects is based upon population statistics.
In 2008, Nebraska received nearly $3.1 billion based upon the last census count, accounting for a fifth of the state’s annual revenue.
According to a report out this week by the Brookings Institute, more than $400 billion in federal funds for 215 programs will be tied to data collected in the 2010 census.
A complete count of people living in the United States is constitutionally mandated every decade and participation is required by law.
However, in 2000, nearly 10,000 Nebraska residents were uncounted, amounting to a loss of millions over the 10-year-life of each census.
Gentry said, “Please fill out the form. That’s where funding for schools, cities and roads comes from. We appreciate your help.”