Written by Peter Cavallaro Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00
Recently, you received your official 2010 U.S. Census form.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that for every person that is not counted, Westbury will lose more than $2,000 per year (or a staggering $20,000 per person over the next ten years) in grants and aid. That will cost Westbury millions and millions of dollars for our schools, senior and youth centers, roadways and other important services and projects. That would be a lot of money for us to lose out on, but fortunately we do not have to, as full and complete count is totally within our control.
I am urging each and every Westbury resident to cooperate fully in the Census 2010 process. Please, fill out your census form on time, send it in, and respond to any follow-up that is sent to you. Do not exclude persons that you think should not be counted, as everyone should be counted as long as they are residing in your home. If you do not respond, do not be surprised if someone comes and knocks on your door.
One final note on Census 2010: Residents should be assured that, by federal law, any information that you provide to the U.S. Census Bureau is completely confidential and cannot be disclosed for any other reason, and the penalties for disclosure by the Census Bureau or its employees are very steep. No one needs to be afraid to participate or to be as accurate in their information as possible.
So, please, fill out your census form today. It is important for our community.