Residents urged to complete census survey

Dear Editor,

In March 2010, every Household across the nation will receive a census form required once every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution, the 2010 Census will count every man woman and child living in the United States.

Every year the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to tribal state and local governments based on census data. But a lack of participation can result in our community and nation receiving less federal funding and less access to important services and resources than we might otherwise have received.

Census data also are used to reapportion seats in Congress and assure proper district representation in state and local governments. An accurate count will help ensure the people in this community are fairly represented in ail levels of government.

During Census 2000, 59 percent of households in Chambers County returned their census forms by mail. Nationally, 72 percent did so as of the April 2000 cut-off I believe we can do even better in 2010. That’s why today I am issuing a challenge to everyone in Chambers County to take 10 minutes to participate in the census by answering the 10-question census form Together, we can create a better tomorrow for ourselves, our family and our community.

Jimmy Sylvia
Chambers County Judge