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Central Exploring Appeal of Census Results

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Mayor Mac Watts reports this morning that the City of Central is taking the first steps toward a possible appeal of the recently released Census.  According to the 2010 Census results the population of Central is 26,864.  The issue arises in that estimates believed to be accurate at incorporation of the City over five years ago were higher than this.  Additionally, the Central school system has since grown siginificantly and new homes have been built at a rapid pace.  All of this seems to run counter to the reported population.  At stake for Central are both economic and representational issues which are based on population.  One possible explanation for an undercount would be the five zip codes Central must use, with three of the five being shared with neighboring cities or communities.  Watch CentralSpeaks.com for updates on this issue.

3 Comments

  1. cmay09

    February 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Gotta grab those Federal dollars! Denham Springs is doing pretty much the same thing, only their numbers are only off by about 800.

  2. Mike Mannino

    February 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    If our original basis was correct, no way this can be right. Anyone that has lived out here since the last census can see the obvious growth. There are some serious implications here so this needs to be correct. However, we were told tonight it is very costly to challenge.

  3. Another Central resident

    February 15, 2011 at 7:51 am

    At the school board meeting last night, Mr. Faulk mentioned that the city is going to challenge the census count. OK people this is your time get upset at the city for wasting tons of money to try and get a few extra tax dollars. I wonder if the same people who attacked Mr. Mannino for public records request will attack the mayor in the same way. The public records request was to make sure that tax dollars were not being wasted and use them as efficiently as possible. So the census challenge is to make sure Central gets its fair share of the federal tax dollars. How much will this cost me as a tax payer? I guess we will need another records request just to see our legal adviser black them out again.

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