Census under-reporting could cost area millions

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Census under-reporting could cost area millions

Springfield News-Sun – Residents who ignore their 2010 U.S. Census form that will be arriving this week could end up costing Clark County its share of federal funds.

According to information released Wednesday, March 17, by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ohio counties stand to lose millions if populations are undercounted.

“Critical funds that promote economic development, keep our communities safe and help those in need are at stake,” Brown said in a release. “The Census determines … resources, services and funding we’ll have available to ensure our children grow up with the education and medical care they need. It determines the funding we’ll have to train our workers and ensure our small businesses can grow.”

Based on a 2008 population of 139,859, Clark County could lose an estimated $33.5 million if the census count misses 2 percent of the population.

If 5 percent go uncounted, the county could lose around $83.9 million.

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