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Franklin County Board of Commissioners Speak Out on the 2010 Census

A message from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners ...

It's not too late for residents to return their 2010 Census forms.  The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.

The Census is one of the most important responsibilities of citizens—it is our voice in Washington. Its ramifications are felt for the next decade and beyond. Census data is used to determine federal funding distribution to our schools and hospitals and is used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. We cannot afford to allow those federal dollars to be allocated to other regions when we need them right here in Franklin County.

The information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like:

-  Hospitals
-  Job training centers
-  Schools
-  Senior centers
-  Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
-  Emergency services

Residents who may not have received or cannot locate their Census form should log on to http://2010census.gov/2010census/take10map to find a “Be Counted” site in their neighborhood, where forms are available. Or, they can call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866-872-6868 for help. Beginning April 12th, residents can also use this line to submit their 2010 Census information over the phone.

We’re also encouraging Franklin County residents to use the online submission form on  http://www.census.ohio.gov/ to report households that have not received a form.

Please join us in the effort to BE Counted!

John O’Grady, President
Paula Brooks
Marilyn Brown

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