City Complete Count Committee working toward full and accurate count of residents
Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged all Lincoln residents to be counted in the 2010 U.S. Census and stressed the importance of Census data to the City. The City has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to form a Complete Count Committee as part of a larger effort by Census officials in Lincoln and Lancaster County to increase participation in the 2010 Census.
In 10 weeks, it's extremely important that residents take 10 minutes to answer 10 questions for the 2010 Census," Mayor Beutler said. "The data collected are used to determine the number of seats in the U.S. House and in our Nebraska Unicameral. The federal government uses the data to determine how to distribute more than $400 billion to state and local governments. And as a City, we use the data to determine where to best locate important facilities like schools, hospitals and fire stations.
At the same time, Beutler said, information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
Census forms will be mailed in March 2010 and households are asked to complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take a count in person.
The Complete Count Committee will share information about the Census and its importance for the community. Marty Ramirez with the University Health Center at UNL, is chairing the committee, which also will focus on reaching those population that have traditionally been undercounted.
With the help of our 2010 Census partners, the Census Bureau has a far greater chance of reaching everyone in the United States than if we were to attempt this monumental task alone," said Robert Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau. "Through their unique roles in their individual communities, elected officials can help deliver the 2010 Census message to every corner of the nation.
More information about the 2010 Census, is available at 2010census.gov.