The United States Census Bureau is issuing a call to action for every resident of our nation to “Be Counted in 2010.” The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years. The census shows state population counts and is used to determine the distribution of more than $300 billion annually of government funding and will be used to determine representation within the U.S. House of Representatives. The Village of Itasca wants to encourage the participation of each and every resident in this important event.
Census forms will be mailed to households this month. Households should complete and mail back their questionnaires upon receipt. Census Day is April 1st and all questionnaires should be returned by this day. If the census form is not mailed back, Census takers will visit the household to ask questions from the form and take the count in person.
The 2010 census form will be the shortest ever, with only 10 questions and should require about 10 minutes to complete. Unlike previous censuses, detailed socioeconomic information will not be contained on the form and will be asked only of a small percentage of the population through the annual American Community Survey.
The information you provide in response to the Census is confidential and cannot be shared with anyone including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. Further, Census employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.
Visit the Be Counted census display in the lobby of the Village Hall or visit www.census.gov for more information. The information collected through the census will be used to apportion federal and state funding to states and Villages for schools, public works projects, hospitals, bridges and emergency services so your participation in the 2010 Census is critically important.