Have you mailed back your 2010 census form already? If not, make sure put it in the mail today. Mailing back your form on time is the preferred option. It’s easy - ten easy questions, and your information is confidential. Further, mailing in the form is a savings to the taxpayer. Every one percent increase in the mail-in response rate represents $85 million that won’t be spent on the next stage of the Census.
If you did not receive or mail back your 2010 Census form, it's okay; you can still stand up and be counted. In the coming weeks, census takers - people from our communities hired by the Census Bureau – will be going door-to-door to collect census information from residents who have not sent back their 2010 Census forms.
When a census taker comes to your door, all you have to do is answer the ten questions and help your community get what it needs for the next ten years. Again, your information is confidential, and your privacy is protected.
Census numbers don’t just determine how many representatives we have in Washington; they determine how much federal funding we receive for the roads we drive on, the schools our children learn in, and the police and fire departments that protect our homes.
As of today, our participation rates for the counties in Maryland’s 5th District are between 67 and 75 percent, so if we want our communities to get their fair share, we need to make sure that there is a fair and accurate count.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. If there is anything you wish to share with me or bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
With warmest regards, I am
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