Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Census Continues

The 2010 Census Challenge between Milton and Edgerton is officially over. Milton beat Edgerton by 9% (85% to 76%). Great job Miltonites (or Miltonians, whichever you prefer)!

The second phase of the 2010 Census will be starting soon with Census takers going door to door to addresses that have not returned Census forms. They will visit a residence up to three times, and they will leave a Notice of Visit if the resident is not home. The Notice of Visit includes a phone number for the resident to call to schedule an appointment. The Census taker will also try to contact the resident by phone three times. Census takers will never try to contact residents by e-mail.

If a Census taker does visit your home, ask to see their official Census ID Badge. The ID will contain a photograph, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date. Census takers may also have a black Census bag. Census takers will never ask to enter your home. They will also never ask for any kind of financial information or social security numbers. If you are suspicious of a Census taker, you can call the Census at the Chicago Regional Office at 1-800-865-6384. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Census taker will ask you for the responses to the 10 questions on the Census form. Residents should answer the questions for the entire family, and you must be at least 15 years old to answer.

The Census data gathered in 2010 will help decide Milton’s future for the next 10 years. The information gathered will determine how many representatives Wisconsin has in the U.S. House of Representatives, distribution of $400 billion from the federal government, and boundaries for electoral districts. Census data is also used during development of retail stores, schools, hospitals, new housing developments, and community facilities.