Thursday, February 19, 2004

Lebanon conducts census, uses growth to get bigger share of state funds

"Lebanon is conducting a special census starting this month to update its population, which officials believe has grown since the 2000 Census."

"The city estimates that for every person counted, Lebanon receives $98 in state-shared revenue, which would mean more than $100,000 more per year, based on current projections."

"City Liaison Sue Akins said conservative projections indicate growth of at least 1,350 people, based on new building permits."

"'There may be people new to our community. An example is an increase in our Hispanic population, who may not be familiar with the census process,' Akins said."

"'We want them to understand this is only to count the total number of people. Specific information is not required.'"

The Tennessean

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