2010 census vital to Clayton (and Georgia’s) future

Providing your census information helps determine how more than $400 billion federal dollars are spent yearly on infrastructure and services such as hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, emergency services, bridges, tunnels and other public works projects. Thus far, only 44% of Clayton residents have returned their 2010 census forms compared to 71% in 2000, despite the fact that participation is required by law.

Notwithstanding the obvious benefits, the entire southern region was undercounted in 2000, and Georgia specifically lost over $250 million in federal funding. “After the 2010 Census numbers are released, political lines will be redrawn across the South through reapportionment — the redrawing of Congressional districts — and redistricting, changes states will make to their political boundaries,” according to the Institute for Southern Studies. “An accurate count will be especially important to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas, all of which stand to gain at least one Congressional seat and Electoral College vote after 2010.” To date, Georgia has 52% participation in the 2010 census compared to 69% in 2000.

Census workers are already making rounds, but be careful who you give your personal information to since con artists are always looking for victims. According to the Better Business Bureau, census workers “… will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice.” Ask to see their ID and badge before answering questions, and never invite anyone you don’t know into your home. Census workers may ask your salary range, but will not contact you or send attachments via e-mail, ask for a social security number, credit card or banking information or solicit donations. If you are the victim of, or suspect a possible census scam, report it.

The Clayton County Headquarters Library (865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro; (770) 473-3850) will host “Everyone Counts: A Census 2010 FREE Family Festival” on April 10 from 11 AM to 3 PM which includes entertainment, activities and workshops for the entire family.

If you have not received your census form by April 12, call a 2010 Census Toll-free help line for assistance.

21 comments Add your comment

Roach

April 5th, 2010
11:43 am

Doesn’t responding to the Census mean that you have to admit officially that you live in Clayton County, and that you are one of the citizens who have let the county become the armpit of the metro area, according to Kennesaw State’s quality of life survey? Do we get immunity for what we put on census forms, or can we be prosecuted for criminal neglect of community?

Donald

April 5th, 2010
2:55 pm

I filled mine out and sent it off…I urge all residents to do so…We CC residents have to get to the point where we stop lying about what county we live in to others and this is a good step forward in the healing process..Only takes a few minutes and it is supposed to be only used for the right purposes…

For Better Clayton

April 5th, 2010
5:00 pm

Some people are just lazy it’s easy takes about 10 minutes to do. Don’t even need a stamp, that’s why some people haven’t filled them out. I filled mine out the first day I received it.

Concerned

April 5th, 2010
5:52 pm

And thats why your called Roach right? For that negative attitude? Filling out the census will help Clayton Residents get better representation. If you don’t like the way things are make a difference, don’t complain about it.

Roach

April 5th, 2010
7:21 pm

Roaches are part of the clean-up crew, and we work very hard at it, but sometimes there’s a lot of garbage to deal with. If you don’t want to hear about it, YOU do something about the garbage.

Tell The Truth

April 6th, 2010
8:30 am

I would be happy to fill out a census form if I ever get one. I’ve been to the website and called the number they provided, but to no avail. If they want to ensure that everybody is counted, they need to make sure that everybody gets the form.

Curious

April 6th, 2010
8:50 am

How many of your neighbors or friends have you bloggers encouraged or even helped to complete the Census? Probably none…Don’t just talk about it be about it! Have a neighborhood census party.

bigdogears

April 6th, 2010
10:20 am

I live in a neighborhood in a house with a mailbox and I didn’t get a census form either. They’ve got 10 years to plan this thing and apparently they’ve missed the mark. Just one more thing that government does poorly!

Head To The Sky

April 6th, 2010
11:21 pm

The census is a great thing! It’s great for the masses. The Masses will get their just desserts! However, the rich welcomes your non-participation! Tell the FEDS I have 95 folks living in my house! We only have about 15,000 of them living here but mostly owns almost everything in the county. In ten years we’ll be free of them. Remember mental toughness!

SA

April 7th, 2010
7:49 am

Never got a census. But according to some on this blog, must be the result of the elite in this county blocking the mail to disenfranchise many from getting government funds. I blame the plutocrats. LOL.

Please!

April 7th, 2010
8:39 am

Yep! The county “wealthy” are blocking you from getting census forms.We have too many “wealthy” in the county. Something should be done about that. Lets throw all the wealthy out, then this will all be ours! Better yet, lets build a wall around the county to keep them out. Er’, wait a minute! LOL

bigdogears

April 7th, 2010
7:37 pm

I’m sure that most residents of Clayton County would consider me rich since I have a job, a nice home and don’t receive any public assistance. I didn’t get a census form either so how do you explain that? I blame the really rich. Damn them for working 16 hours a day to pay there high taxes and in there spare time screwing me out of my census form! This would be funny if it weren’t so sad!

Monique

April 7th, 2010
8:06 pm

I’m with Tell The Truth, If I ever got my Census I would fill it out. All this money to promote returning something you never received. Way to Go!!!

cracker

April 8th, 2010
7:58 am

yes the elite controll the mail i agree

donald.k.stewart

April 8th, 2010
8:57 am

Who in Clayton got a Census form? I for one of many did not.

Trust needed in government

April 8th, 2010
11:21 am

Stop blaming the people for not trusting the government. As a whole, it’s a distrust that it has more than earned.

For example, if the government knows a part of the country was undercounted, then how can it claim to need a census for a count?

Targeted

April 8th, 2010
9:09 pm

All you folks who didn’t get a census form are going to be visited by the census folks; then robbed later on of all your valuables! Moreover, you trusted the government all your lives; until Obama! You have issues and one word sums it up “Rac-sm!

bigdogears

April 10th, 2010
7:24 pm

Sadly, it seems that Jesse Jackson and several politician don’t want Clayton County to have a balanced budget and improve our current state of dispair! Here is a portion of the post from the claytonadvocate website.

Mass Meeting to Restore Transit to Clayton County

Join Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Push Coalition at a mass meeting to call for action to restore transit Clayton County. Push for passage of HB 1393 in the Georgia Senate.

Monday, April 12th, at 7pm
Greater St. Peter AME Church
9540 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236

Unfortunately there is no transit access to this meeting anymore.

Sick of it all!

April 11th, 2010
11:08 am

When I receive the Census form, I will fill it out. I have received numerous letters stating that it was coming or that I had not sent it back. I have yet to receive the actual form. As far as the people coming to my door, good luck getting me to respond. Given the state of my county, I no longer answer the door for strangers, even with the video surveillance.

As far as the rich keeping me from getting the form, well what is the “community’s” definition of rich ? By some people’s definition, I may be considered “rich”. Am I conspiring against myself to not count myself ? Just wondering.

Still waiting

April 12th, 2010
12:28 pm

I would gladly return it, if I receive it. Noone that I know that lives in Clayton County has received their form.

Patriot

April 13th, 2010
8:43 am

According to the Constitution, all that is required is the number of people living in your household for counting purposes. The count is to determine the number of representatives required for each state. All other information is a violation of privacy. How does knowing my salary range COUNT how many people are in my home? I filled out the census – the first two questions only. The rest of the questions i left blank. If they want more information, then show me in the Constitution where I am required to provide it.