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Mid-decade census drawing a good response
By Doug Snover

October 22, 2005

Kyrene Corridor residents are responding well to a special mid-decade census that could be worth millions of extra dollars to Tempe and Chandler for police and fire protection, parks, libraries and senior centers, roads and public transportation, hospitals and schools.

Although only about one in 13 homes received a census survey, the responses will be used to calculate Maricopa County’s population and divide an estimated $1 billion in state-shared revenues among communities in Maricopa County through 2010.

The special census is in its waning days. Maricopa Association of Governments census coordinator Heidi Pahl said the survey should be wrapped up by Thanksgiving or soon after.

Households that have not responded to mailed questionnaires are being telephoned to prod them into cooperating. If that fails, MAG’s census workers plan to make personal visits to encourage people to respond.

The six-page MAG surveys were mailed Sept. 1 to approximately 114,000 addresses that were selected at random throughout Maricopa County.

The amount of money each city or town receives is based on its population. This is why we need the most accurate population count possible, and this is where you come in,” Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn said in a MAG press release that accompanied the census mailings.

Chandler estimates that the new population count could mean as much as $4.7 million in additional revenues each year.

“That could amount to 30,000 new books for our libraries, one entirely equipped water well for a growing neighborhood, a new pumper truck for the fire department, 10 fully-outfitted police vehicles and nine new traffic signals—all of those things—from just one year of funding,” Dunn said.

Tempe expects to receive $325.23 per year for every person counted.

Kyrene Corridor residents are responding to the census survey at above-average rates.

Most of Tempe south of Guadalupe Road has a response rate well above 60 percent, which is MAG’s target response rate. The return rate in several census tracts south of Guadalupe Road is above 70 percent, much higher than the citywide response rate of 51 percent.

Chandler spokesman Dave Bigos said the response rate in the nine Chandler census tracts west of Price Road is running at about 59 percent, just above the citywide average.

The MAG Regional Council voted in December 2003 to conduct the survey to document the region’s rapid population growth since the 2000 census. The survey takes a representative sample of all of the housing units in an area, and from that sample uses statistical methods to estimate the population. Final numbers are expected in June 2006.

Cities are sharing the cost of the survey. In June, Chandler approved a $145,000 allocation to cover its share of the 2005 Census Survey costs.

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