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Benefits of 2010 Census

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Call it a road map for the future. It is the government questionnaire that some folks dread but leaders say the 2010 Census is one of the most vital forms you should fill out.

"In 2000, when the census was done, only 72% of the entire population filled this out," said Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt. "It possibly could have hurt them in grant funding that would have been available had they got the correct population in those areas."

2010 Census workers are already going door-to-door and delivering forms to housing units that lack city-style addresses. In East Texas 13 counties are already seeing census forms. Workers are delivering them primarily in rural areas. The government is urging resident to stand up and be counted.

"It will tell us who we are, what we've become," said Dr. Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. "If you're not participating in the 2010 Census your part of that picture is missing."

From housing to population growth, East Texas counties could see extra funding in their area but they must be accounted for.

"Everybody needs to be counted because it has a lot to do with grant funding that will be available for this area," said Stoudt. "It has a lot to do with the planning for future healthcare facilities, retirement facilities."

It is a "plan-for-the-future" form that only takes a family a few minutes to fill out. It could spare you from having census workers show up at your door.

"It would be handy for you to fill it out and send it back by mail because if you don't, the census people will be showing up at your house," said Stoudt.

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