Houstonians Urged to Answer Census: Mayor and City Council Lead by Example and Mail Census Forms in Wednesday
BY Alex Wang [ March 30, 2010 at 18:36:31 ]
|As Houston’s 33 percent Census participation rate lags the national 46 percent – Houstonians have only a few days left to mail their Census forms in. Technically, forms are due to the U.S. Census Bureau by April 15, but the earlier date of April 1 is touted as the key date to get Census forms in the mail to prevent people from waiting until the last minute.|
Mayor Parker and City Council are taking a special recess during their weekly Wednesday council meeting to address the critical need for Houstonians to mail their Census forms to the Census Bureau by Thursday, April 1, which is also national Census Day. To further convey the importance of Census participation the mayor and council will hand their completed Census forms to an official U.S. mail carrier during the Census address.
Houstonians who fail to submit the federally mandated Census will receive up to seven visits from a Census enumerator, which could cost tax payers millions of dollars (please see Fast Facts below for detailed information).
Mayor Parker will continue spreading the Census message during a live Census Town Hall meeting with city, county and Census Bureau officials Wednesday evening on Houston PBS 8 at 7 p.m.
WHO: · Mayor Annise Parker and city council
· U.S. Post Office representative, available to discuss the number of Census-related mailings they expect to manage throughout the entire Census campaign.
WHERE: City Hall, 901 Bagby, 77002 inside council chambers located on the 2nd floor.
Promptly at 9 a.m.
VISUALS: Mayor and council will stand in front of an over-sized mail box and will submit their completed Census forms to an official U.S. mail carrier dressed in uniform.
FAST FACTS: · 42 cents – the cost of sending a single Census form in the mail.
· $57.00 – the cost for an enumerator to visit one household to obtain necessary information.
· If 100 percent of households mailed back their forms, taxpayers would save $1.5 billion.
· Houston lost an estimated $234 million in federal funding from the 2000 Census undercount
· $1,700 per year (for the next 10 years) will be lost for each person not counted in the 2010 Census. That’s $170,000 for just 10 people.
· The best way to save tax-payer dollars, secure federal funds, and receive equal political representation is to mail the Census by Thursday, April 1.
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