WPR News
8:53 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Committee begins work improving census count

Cheyenne, Wy – Those involved with the U-S census effort for Wyoming have an ambitious goal to try and get more people included in the official population count for the state. The reason is money. A number of programs at the state and local level receive funding based on the census. Sonny Subia of the Denver Regional Census Center says some people do not see the importance of filling out census forms. But he says it is very important for local governments, because every person counted in the state is worth 873-dollars of federal funding. He says by turning in your census form, it is like writing a check for a service in your county.
A Wyoming task force has been established to oversee the Wyoming effort. They will be spending the next several months trying to get more energy workers, Hispanics and other under counted populations signed up. Census forms will be mailed in the Spring.