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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Today is Census day! - April 1, 2010

Today is Census day!

 

Only 51% of Multnomah County residents have returned their Census form so far, and this year, returning your form is more important than ever before. Here’s why:

 

- The Census count will determine our fair share of over $400 billion of federal and state funding each year.

 

- For every 100 people not counted, Multnomah County will lose $120,000 each year – $1,200 per person.

 

- Oregon may gain a sixth seat in Congress. 

 

-Census data helps our community decide where to build or locate new schools, roads, health centers, services for the elderly, job training centers, and more.

 

Together with County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, I co-Chair the Complete Count Committee. We are working with community partners to reach out to traditionally hard to count communities in Multnomah County and ensure the most accurate count possible.

 

Thanks very much to Andrew McIlrath,

Partnership Specialist with the US Census Bureau, for the photo

Remember – you count!