2010 not only brings a new year and a new decade, it additionally brings a critical challenge for the U.S. Census Bureau. Once every ten years, the U.S. Census is conducted, and Bay County officials are urging locals take part.
The last time the U.S. Census was conducted, in 2000, only 55 percent of Bay County participated. Bay County Public Information Officer, Valerie Lovett tells NewsChannel 7, "Participation is critical here, because the census numbers not only determine how many seats each state will receive in the U.S. House of Representatives, it also determines how much federal money is distributed to local communities."
More than $400-billion in Federal Funds is distributed across the nation for various local projects including: infrastructure improvement, schools, hospitals and many more. According to the Census Government website, more than 120 million households across the nation will be receiving the seven-question Census Form in March. It should be mailed back as soon as it is completed.
Now, if for any reason your house has been foreclosed on, or you do not receive a census form in the mail by the end of March--you can go to the Bay County Public Library and pick up a form.
There will also be various locations for assistance throughout the county--we do not have those locations yet--however, will update the public as soon as we have them available.
For more information and to see what the 2010 Census Form looks like, please visit the website below.