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Participation in Census Important for Rural Nevada
Posted Date: 3/2/2010
Contact: Pam DuPre
Public Information Officer
775-684-5748
pdupre@sos.nv.us

Participation in Census Update Leave Important for Rural Nevada

(Carson City, NV, March 2, 2010) Beginning March 1, U.S. Census workers will be dropping off the 2010 Census forms at many Nevada residences in rural parts of the state that do not receive regular mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service. This is part of what is called the update-leave process of the national 2010 Census.

“We want to make sure people who receive the hand delivered census forms do not mistake them for an advertisement and accidentally throw them away,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller, Chairman of the Statewide Complete Count Committee.

Census forms will be left at residences that do not have a typical city-style address. Residents who are a part of the update-leave process should be on the lookout for their census forms.

“It’s critical that rural residents who are a part of the update-leave process of the census fill out their forms and send them in,” Secretary Miller said. “Many people believe the large metropolitan areas like Reno and Las Vegas will only benefit from the federal funding that is distributed based on census data. But that’s not the case. Hospitals, senior centers and other services in the rural areas of Nevada benefit as well.”

For example, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which are distributed based on census information, help fund the Beatty Water and Treatment Facility and Backup Well, which reduces water demand in Tonopah. And an accurate count enables school districts throughout the state to be more competitive for funding that helps children’s learning experience in the classroom.

“We cannot rely solely on Washoe and Clark County residents to be included in the census and expect to get our fair share of federal funding,” commented Mike Bumgartner, Superintendent of the Humboldt County School District. “Nevadans living in other parts of the state must be counted. It’s our responsibility to respond to the census – whether it comes in the mail or is hand delivered.”

The 2010 Census is only ten questions and should take about ten minutes to complete. It only asks for basic information and does not include questions about financial information, social security numbers, or any other personal identification information. More information about the 2010 Nevada Census can be found at www.NevadaCensus2010.com.

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