2010 Census Forms Arriving in Permian Basin Mailboxes

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - You've probably seen all the ads about the 2010 Census, but on Monday many people in Midland and Ector Counties got their first glimpse of the actual survey.

Census workers tell NewsWest 9, if you haven't received your survey yet, it'll probably show up later this week.

The census helps tally everyone who lives in the U.S, which determines how much federal and state funding the area will get.

It doesn't take much to do your part, just 10 minutes to answer 10 questions.

Census workers are asking everyone to fill the survey out and turn it in as soon as possible.

They say doing that will not only help with statistics, but also help save tons of cash.

"Our goal is April 1, 2010, and that's when we want everyone to send it back by that date. It's estimated, for every 1 percent that we don't get back, we actually have to go back out and do the non-response follow up its going to cost 85 million - for every one percent. So the more that we get back through our mail out, the less it's going to cost us to send those people out and get the rest of it," Census Partnership Specialist, Charlene Romero McBride, said.

In case you forget to fill out your survey, the census will send out individual census takers to make sure everyone's counted.

Right now, the local census offices are still hiring people interested in the job.

It pays just over $13.00, plus you get reimbursed for mileage.

If you're interested, just call your local census office.

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