Sulphur asks for residents help when filling out Census forms

The following is a press release from the city of Sulphur:

Mayor Ron LeLeux reminds the citizens of Sulphur that census forms will be arriving in March.  Required once every 10 years by the U. S. Constitution, the 2010 Census will count every man, woman and child living in the United States.

Every year the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to tribal, state and local governments based on census data.  But, a lack of participation can result in our city and state receiving less federal funding and less access to important services and resources than we might otherwise have received.

Census data is also used to reapportion seats in Congress and assure proper district representation in state and local governments.  An accurate count will help ensure the people in this community are fairly represented in all levels of government.

During Census 2000, 69% of households in Sulphur returned their census forms by mail.  Nationally, 72% did so as of the April 2000 cut-off.  I believe we can do even better in 2010.  That's why today, I am issuing a challenge to everyone in Sulphur to take 10 minutes to participate in the census by answering the 10 question census form.  Together, we can create a better tomorrow for ourselves, our family and our community.