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Census forms not reaching many Truckee residents

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Stand up and be counted or watch your community fall to pieces, the Census Bureau seems to be saying.

Do they mean it? If so, where are the forms?

People with post office box mail delivery should have received census forms at their homes.

The forms were to be left on doors as part of an update-leave census process.

However, something went awry and very few Truckee residents received census forms at their homes as intended.

Ron Christ, Nevada County’s local census office manager, is aware that Truckee’s population, as yet, remains largely uncounted. Christ said his office will send enumerators out in force at the end of the month and possibly into May. They will canvass neighborhoods and knock on doors trying to determine how many people reside within.

“The rural areas are actually more of a concern than urban areas to the Census Bureau,” Christ said. “I can assure you my office doesn’t intend to miss anybody up there. We know where you are.”

Christ explained that because Truckee’s geography and mail system are of a rural nature, only 55 percent of all Truckee residences were selected as update-leave areas in which a census questionnaire form was left on the doors of homes with instructions for returning them by mail.

The remainder of all residences will be visited by enumerators after a local map showing all area residences is printed on April 23 or 24.

Individuals concerned about the fact they have not yet been counted are welcome to request one of the “To Be Counted” forms by phoning Christ’s office, he said.

Where to find forms

These forms are also available at the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, Truckee’s branch of Nevada County Library, the Employment Development Department and at the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District Community Center.

“They’re welcome to request the form,” Christ said. “But if someone comes to the door as part of the non-response follow-up and asks them to fill out a form, it’s important that they do that as well.”

For information, call Christ’s office at (530) 295-2980.

For assistance in filling out the form, go to the Employment Development Department Tuesdays or Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. through April 14.


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