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JoCo government plans kickoff of Census Complete Count campaign

February 19, 2010

A “Johnson County Census 2010 Complete Count” kickoff celebration is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 1, in downtown Olathe.

The public event will take place on the County Square between the Courthouse and Administration Building, weather permitting. It will be moved inside the Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in case of inclement weather.

The Census 2010 Complete Count by Johnson County Government is intended to generate public awareness to the important process of conducting and completing the 2010 census count that starts in mid-March. The theme for the federal census campaign is “It’s in Our Hands.”

“Every year, the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal money is directly based on the total population of a city or county. The more residents counted the better,” Annabeth Surbaugh, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, said. “A complete and accurate count will be critical to Johnson County getting its fair share of money.”

County Manager Hannes Zacharias agreed.

“My hope is that we can educate the citizens on how critical the census count is to Johnson County over the next 10 years, and that we have 100 percent participation,” he said.

The 2010 Census form is 10 questions long, and will take an estimated 10 minutes to complete.

The national census is required by U.S. Constitution once every 10 years in the counting of the population to determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The data is used to determine future changes, if needed, to legislative and congressional districts, electoral votes of states, along with funding for a wide range of federally-funded community services, including:

Senior-citizen activities and special programs for the aging;

Medicaid grants to states;

Education grants and school lunches;

Road construction projects; and,

Community Development Block Grants.

In 2000, the federal census placed Johnson County’s population at 451,086. The current estimated population for the county is 545,000.

More than 130 million addresses throughout the nation will receive a national census form in March. Mailing out the forms will start by March 15.

Census Day is April 1, 2010.

According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau Office in Kansas City, Mo, responses to the questionnaires should include everyone living in the household. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s personal information with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement agencies.

No personal information, such as Social Security numbers or citizenship status, is requested on the census form or from census takers.

Johnson County residents, who have not responded in a timely manner, will be visited in person by a census worker, from late April through July. Census workers can be identified by a census badge and bag. Census workers take an oath of confidentially in gathering the information.

The Census Bureau is expected to provide the 2010 apportionment counts to President Barack Obama by Dec. 31, 2010.

More information about the 2010 Census is available by visiting the Johnson County’s main website at www.jocogov.org which provides a link to the Census Bureau’s website at www.2010Census.gov.

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