Not everybody will be mailed U.S. Census forms this year
Jan 15, 2010 | 1005 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Not everybody in Beeville will be receiving a 2010 U.S. Census form in the mail this year, according to Census representative Sylvia Valdez.

She and Tammy Lowry spoke to the City Council during their meeting Tuesday evening.

Valdez said forms will be mailed to residents who have a physical address during April through June.

“Nobody will come to your home and help you fill out the forms,” Valdez said. If someone does come to your door and offers to help without being asked, “call 911,” she said.

Census workers who do go from door to door will only enter a home if they are asked. If a resident needs help, he or she can ask for it and the Census worker will provide that assistance

This year’s forms will only have 10 questions on them. And all questions refer to how many people are living in the home at the time of the Census.

No one will be asked to provide a Social Security number or any financial information.

Valdez said all the information requested on the form will be “little things like you would probably fill out at the doctor’s office.”

Only about 45 percent of Bee County’s population was counted in the last Census which was held in 2000.

“It’s really important that we get all of Bee County this year,” Valdez said.

Census information helps the federal government draw up legislative districts and assists the government in determining which counties qualify for certain types of federal funding.

Because no Census forms will be sent to people who have only post office boxes, Census employees will be finding locations in the near future where the forms can be made available for them.

Also, the Census Bureau will be hiring about 6,000 people in South Texas for the count this year.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, must pass a test and veterans will receive preference in hiring.

All the jobs are temporary and end once the Census is completed.
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