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Thursday, 08 April 2010 15:12

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Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters (center) stresses the importance of filling out and mailing in Census forms at a "Community Unity" news conference.  Joining him are (left to right) Michael Clements with the U.S. Census Bureau, New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald, Woodburn Mayor Richard Hoeppner and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.

Elected leaders within Allen County gathered today to demonstrate "Community Unity" in encouraging residents to fill out and mail back their 2010 Census forms.

Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald and Woodburn Mayor Richard Hoeppner talked about the importance of getting as many residents as possible to participate in the Census.

"It helps the County and its cities and towns get their fair share of funding from the federal government and has an impact on Indiana's representation in Congress," Peters pointed out.  "Also, if every household completed and mailed back their Census form, taxpayers could reduce the operational cost of the Census by billions of dollars."

"All Census responses are confidential," added Mayor Henry. "Answers are protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone."

If you did not receive a Census form or cannot locate it, visit: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/ to find a “Be Counted” site in your neighborhood, where forms are available. Or, call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866-872-6868 for help.

Also today, officials announced plans for a "March to the Mailbox” family fun rally and celebration on Sat., April 10, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. by the south gate of Parkview Field.  Along with entertainment and prizes, volunteers will remind residents that it is not too late to mail back their Census forms and encourage those who have delayed to “March to the Mailbox” and mail it back that day.