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The latest federal estimates put Huntsville's population at 176,645 and Madison County's at 319,510.
Trent Willis, Battle's chief of staff, said the city will begin airing public service announcements about the census soon.
Census count. Looking on are, from left, Madison County Commission Chair Mike Gillespie, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, Maj. Gen. Census forms won't hit mailboxes for another two months, but it's already high on the radar of local leaders.
"It's our responsibility that we carry the message," Myles said.
Just 61 percent of Alabama residents completed their census forms in 2000. While Huntsville (70 percent) and Madison (73 percent) had a better return rate, elected leaders say they don't want to miss a single man, woman or child this time.
Battle said most of the "undercount" happened in minority neighborhoods and apartment complexes.
"We're going to work as hard as we can," Gillespie said, "to count every person in this area."
Monday's event, held in a packed chamber auditorium, kicked off a three month awareness campaign to make sure residents send back their completed census forms before the April 1 deadline. household in March.
"So we can't overemphasize the importance of it."
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Washington uses census population figures to divvy up $400 billion to cities and counties each year. Every local resident counted by the census translates to about $1,200 for roads, schools, economic development and social programs.
Myles, the Redstone commander, joined Battle, Gillespie and Finley in signing a poster sized resolution promising to help ensure an accurate count. He said the Army will Adidas Men's Duramo 5 Review
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On Monday, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, Madison County Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie and Redstone Arsenal's commander, Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, held a joint news conference to tout the importance of the upcoming federal head count.
contrast, the Rocket City and its suburbs lose money when people are missed by the census as happened thousands of times in 2000.
"Our portion of roads and infrastructure is largely dependent on federal funding," Gillespie said, "and that funding is largely dependent on census counts.
In 2000, census officials estimated Huntsville's population at 158,216 a decline of 1,573 residents from 1990. The Census Bureau later conceded that it had failed to count more than 52,000 people across Alabama and added 3,126 to Madison County's population total.
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