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TELL CITY - The official 2010 Census Day isn't until April but a committee in Tell City is already beginning its job of ensuring every resident of the city is counted. The husband-and-wife team leading the charge said the benefits of a complete count will not only ensure a brighter future for Tell City but Perry County and Indiana.
"Getting a full count is more important than ever because of the dollars involved," Louie Heitkemper said during the census committee's first meeting last Monday. He and his wife, Marcie, are coordinating city government's census push, just as they did for the 2000 count. The Census Bureau has been busy for months recruiting workers to verify addresses and complete other groundwork. The Heitkempers did much of that work themselves a decade ago, meaning the committee's top job this go-around is educating the public on how important it is for every person to be counted.
"Our job is primarily education and promotion," Louie Heitkemper said.
Members of the community represented churches, public housing, businesses and media.
Approximately $300 billion in federal funding is distributed to communities each year and much of that based on population. That means about $400 in funding for each man, woman and child counted.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census every 10 years, in part to distribute seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The city has applied for Census Bureau funding for literature as well as promotional items such as balloons.
A booth in City Hall Park during next month's Schweizer Fest will offer information on the census and the importance a complete count offers to the city and county.
Banners will be placed in supermarkets, banks and schools later this year with members of the committee speaking to local civic groups.
A public kickoff is planned for April, about the time official census forms reach mailboxes.
The forms that will be mailed to households next year will consist of only 10 questions. Long forms that were part of the 2000 census are now part of an annual American Community Survey and won't be included in next year's count.
For more information on the 2010 census, visit www. census.gov/2010census or call City Hall at 547-5511.