Members of the U.S. Census Bureau met with a handful of neighbors tonight at the Balch Springs Civic Center to discuss our formation of the Balch Springs Census Complete Count Committee. It's not a big group yet, but it's a good start. We had a good cross representation of our local city, but I know with a little bit of networking and some good discussions, we can make this a formidable organization in our special town.
I've been asked to chair this committee by Balch Springs Mayor Carrie Gordon, who in my opinion, has done a good job of organizing citizens in our city during her eight months as mayor.
Part of the reason I began getting active in our city, as I've mentioned in this space before, is because I see the potential for Balch Springs and know it can become a thriving city in the Dallas area.
And if one thinks about it, it's the only real solid leg left out of Dallas that hasn't really been developed yet, so there is no question our day is coming.
We are looking to organize a series of sub committees in our city to help encourage our residents to be counted on April 1, 2010 for the Census, which as you know, is required by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. This national count is very important to how cities like Balch Springs receive federal funds for the next 10 years. It's also important to know some cool facts, like the information is kept private for 72 years. Only you can obtain information about yourself from a previous census in the meantime. That means law enforcement, immigration, even the president himself, cannot gain access to the specific demographic information collected next year–for 72 years.
That's important, too, from the standpoint of those who are not here in the country legally. It is important that they be counted on April 1 as cities will only be hurt financially if non-citizens are still here, drawing from social services, and the cities aren't getting federal funding because of an under count. That puts the politics aside. In fact, the Constitution did so more than 200 years ago. Get it?
If you'd like more information about the Census and how it will be conducted in your area, the Census Bureau has a Web site. They're also looking for workers who can do clerical work as well as be representatives who can go door-to-door next May when it is believed there will be areas of the city/state/nation where there are huge under counts that still need to be counted from those who either didn't get the form, or didn't send it back in.
If you're interested in working on our CCC here in Balch Springs, TX, please leave a comment and let me know. I'll be in touch. (
(L-R) U.S. Census Bureau's Jeannie Henderson, Co-Chair Kelwyn Hill, Balch Springs Mayor Carrie Gordon, Chairman Donny "Daddy" Claxton, and U.S. Census Bureau's Bob Figuly.
Other committee members tonight included David Chang, John P. Ralston, Melvina Howard, Carolyn Moran, Sandra Gallion, and Kari Claxton.