Apr 6, 2010 5:07 AM by John Romero
Eddie Kinney has lived in Palmer Lake for nearly 30 years. During his daily stop at the post office he realized something was missing. "I checked with the post office about 3 weeks ago and they told me that the Census forms had come in but they had to send them all back." he explains.
Towns like Palmer Lake are having trouble getting their Census forms because they can't be delivered to P.O Boxes, something most of these residents use. "The Census needs to mail their forms to an address at an actual location that can be found on a map." Because a P.O. Box can change owners so many times we can't do it for security reasons." says Deborah Cameron with The U.S. Census Bureau. "It's frustrating because I know how much the Census counts for everything that we do." adds Kinney.
But there is hope for people like Eddie. Just by logging on to the internet you can find the nearest Census Assistance Center. From there they can verify your address and then send your form to your PO Box. Cameron says it's vital to get counted because every dollar counts. "It is very important that everyone be counted. Each person who is counted brings about $880 to their community." she explains. If your Census form isn't received a Census worker will also most likely show up at your door to collect the data. However, by sending your form the Census Bureau says more money can be saved.
If you need to find a Census Assistance Center near you CLICK HERE for the link.