Census Challenge

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Jan 17, 2013 at 6:56 am

The President of the Grand Forks Council says it may pay to consider challenging the city’s 2010 census count.   Hal Gershman says there is a path for revisiting the official 2010 population count.  He told members of the Safety-Service Committee the drawback is it could be expensive – as much as 100-thousand dollars for a new survey.   Gershman says the benefit could come in the form of more federal dollars.  Grand Forks MPO officials say there are two ways to challenge the census: one looks at whether the official count had the right people in the right place and launching a more costly special census.   Prior to the 2010 census it was widely promoted that every person counts to the tune of one-thousand dollars per year in federal funding.   After the 2000 census Grand Forks gained 45 people through an appeal but not all federal programs recognized the new count in terms of dollars and cents.   The Finance Committee is expected to discuss the issue in the coming weeks.

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