2010-04-09 / Letters

County residents challenged to complete and return 2010 Census forms

Dear Editor:

In March 2010, every household across the nationa received

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 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 all levels of government.

During Census 2000, 65 percent of households in the Town of Blacksburg returned their census forms by mail; 70 percent in the City of Gaffney; and 68 percent in Cherokee County. I believe we can do even better in 2010. That’s why today I am issuing a challenge to everyone in Gaffney, Blacksburg and Cherokee County to take 10 minutes to participate in the census by answering the 10-question census form and returning it. It costs less money for the Census Bureau to mail out the forms and have them returned than it does to send Census workers out to those households that do not return the forms. By returning the forms, we can create a better tomorrow for ourselves, our families and our community by ensuring that we receive all the funding that we are entitled.
Sincerely,
Ben L. Clary
Administrator
Cherokee County Government
Gaffney, S.C.

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