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The Akron Hometowner of Akron, Iowa

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The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors is the latest group of elected officials hoping citizens cooperate with U.S. Census takers.

The resolution was expected to be presented to the supervisors at their March 9 meeting.

"Le Mars is doing a knock-ing-on-the-door campaign, to tell people that they need to fill out the forms. As Mayor Dick Kirchoff said at the Le Mars Business Initiative meeting, it is $89 per person for roads for the next 10 years for every person who is not counted," Board Vice Chairman Don Kass said.

Another stumbling block to a higher count could be the foreclosures, as people are no longer residing in homes where they once were.

There is a cost in figuring out non-counted. The constitutionally required count is done every 10 years. The Iowa Association of County's web site has a lot of information on this, Raymond said.

According to ISAC web site's Census 2010 information:

All U.S. residents must be counted, people of all races and ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens.

Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaire responses should represent the household as it exists that day.

Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to households via the U.S. Mail in March; those who need replacement questionnaires will be sent in April.

Census workers will visit households that do not return questionnaires.

Every year, the federal government can allocate more than $400 billion to states and communities based, in part, on census data.

Census data is used to guide for planning for new hospitals, roads, job training centers, schools and more.

Census data is used to determine the need for social services block grants and other grant programs essential to many communities.

The 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest questionnaires in history.

The bureau cannot share responses with anyone.

The Census will show state population counts and determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Local communities could be designated as Census partners.

For more information, visit 2010 census.gov.

In Hawarden, the Census 2010 is mentioned in the newsletter, and on cable TV, and posters are around town.

In other matters:

Chairman Jim Henrich gave a report on the Siouxland Regional Housing Authority. He said the federally-funded program provides housing assistance funds to low-and-moderate income households. A total of 300 families can be supported, down from 389 previously. Singles, those without elderly or disabled under 18, or over 18, will be pared down. The program costs about $73,000 a month.

Raymond gave the board an update on the Electronic Document Management System, paperless courts, which is making a pilot program in Plymouth County for the whole state. Statewide staff members were at the county Dec. 17, and have been working in and out of the Plymouth County Courthouse since.

Kass gave a report on YES, the Youth Emergency Services facility in Cherokee. Plymouth County had no juveniles staying there in January.

Kass is supporting use of a Sheriff's Department's vehicle to transport juveniles to and from court appearances. This would save time of a deputy or jailer. Also, the vehicle could me made available to other counties in the region, charging them the federal hourly rate..



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Original Publication Date: March 17, 2010



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