WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday was reminded of the importance of encouraging all residents to respond to census questionnaires this year.
For each person who fails to file a census report, local governments will lose up to $3,000 a year in federal aids, said Tammy Kassler, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census, Minnesota partnership specialist.
Kassler emphasized census information is kept completely confidential. Names are not even entered in the census computer database with other information, she said.
No one from the White House staff to local law enforcement or courts can obtain information about people being counted until 72 years after a census is run, she said.
The United States has counted residents every 10 years since 1790.
Anyone who fails to return a census form by April 1 will be visited in person by a census taker. Any U.S. citizen, person holding a current passport or U.S. military credentials or having American Indian tribe documentation may apply for a job as a census taker by calling 1-888-325-7733.
Applicants also must be able to provide a U.S. Social Security card, birth certificate or U.S. resident citizen card.
Applicants must be able to read, alphabetize, serialize, add, subtract, multiply, divide, interpret information and use logic to summarize data.
Should a census taker or anyone having access to census records violate the Census Bureau confidentiality oath, that person would be punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine, according to information Kassler provided to the board.
Year 2000 census counts will be provided to the president by December this year and available to other agencies and local governments beginning in 2001.
Voting districts will be re-drawn in 2001 to reflect population changes.
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