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Census takers will knock on Truckee doors

Starting today, more than 9,000 Truckee households will be visited by Census 2000 enumerators as part of the “Non-response and follow-up” phase of the population-counting process.

Residences scheduled for enumerator visits will be visited three times, if necessary, and will receive three follow-up telephone calls, if necessary, as well. These visits will occur between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., according to this area’s regional office.

Regional office manager Ron Christ was quick to point out that non-response is only part of this phase’s title, and that the follow-up portion of the title is much more appropriate to the Truckee area, which had more than 9,000 census forms sent to its post office and returned by the post office as undeliverable.

The post office is forbidden by law to deliver census forms to post office boxes.

Christ said his office is documenting all the “snafus” his department has encountered in the Truckee-area so that 10 years from now, Truckee residents will not be skeptical with the Census Bureau and its processes.

Only about 2,700 residences in Truckee received census forms during an earlier phase of the process called “Update-leave,” in which census forms were left on the doors of residences identified by the Census Bureau as hard-to-find or hard-to access, Christ said.

Local census volunteers, aware that Truckee’s population remained largely uncounted, established several locations throughout town where individuals could pick up census forms. Those individuals who were not sent census forms but went out of their way to pick up census forms within town are being asked to cooperate with enumerators who knock on their doors in coming weeks. Apparently, the enumerators must count those individuals, regardless of their previous efforts to ensure that they were counted.

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