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Eagle County lags in Census participation

Vail Daily staff report
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County residents are way behind the rest of the country in returning their Census forms, Eagle County says.

The national return rate is 52 percent while Eagle County’s is just 28 percent. The county had a 48 percent return rate for the last Census in 2000.

Census data helps determine how more than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed to states and communities each year. A complete count would help ensure that Eagle County receives its share of census-based funding for the next 10 years., the county said in a release Thursday.

If everyone across the nation mailed back their form, taxpayers could reduce the cost of taking the Census by about $1.5 billion.

Those who have not received a Census form, have lost their form or have questions about the form can visit a Questionnaire Assistance Center in Eagle County. In Vail, that will take place in the Vail Public Library’s Community Room, located at 292 West Meadow Dr., from noon to 5 p.m., today and April 16; from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday April 7 and April 9; and from noon to 4 p.m. on April 12 and 14.

Assistance will be offered in Eagle at the Eagle Public Library, located at 500 Broadway St., on Wednesdays and Fridays in April from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the 2010 Census Web site at 2010.census.gov. Eagle County residents can track participation on the Census Bureau’s “Take 10 Challenge Tracker Map.”

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