Sunday, July 18, 1999

N.Ky. ponders census reporting




BY KRISTINA GOETZ
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        EDGEWOOD — It's nearly time for Northern Kentuckians to participate in the 2000 census. And as the time approaches, mayors and city administrators are getting ready.

        “We need to have a concerted effort, a united effort, on the part of the cities to get involved in the census,” said Edgewood City Administrator Lou Noll.

        A group of Northern Kentucky mayors and city officials met Saturday to discuss how to ensure that residents participate.

        “It would be good to put together a campaign: "Stand up and be counted,'” Mr. Noll said, adding that residents need to know the importance of participating.

        To some extent, municipal aid money is based on population, he said. The more people, the more money.

        “It's not something Washington plays games with,” he said. “It does mean money.”

        Officials at the meeting discussed whether to form an oversight committee with representatives of each city to work on a campaign.

        They discussed putting inserts in tax bills and reminders in city and county newsletters.

        Fort Mitchell City Administrator Bill Goetz said if more people know the importance, more would turn their forms.

        He also wanted to remind people that the census bureau has a Web site with information about the 2000 census.

        The next mayor's meeting will be Aug. 21 in Fort Mitchell.

       



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