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O’Fallon to undergo special census to determine population


O’FALLON, Ill. – Mayor Gary L. Graham says a special census will take place in the city beginning Jan. 12.

Census takers will be visiting households in selected neighborhoods every day of the week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to collect information from O’Fallon residents. It is anticipated that the special census will take around four weeks to complete and should be wrapped up by the middle of February.

The purpose is to allow the city to capture state revenue such as state income tax, motor fuel tax, and state use tax that are based on per capita (population) distributions. O’Fallon, which tallied 28,281 in the 2016 Census, is among the fastest-growing communities in the state.

“Your participation and cooperation in the special census is essential in helping our community address vital needs. You can help by providing census workers with complete and accurate information about members of your household, whether they are related to you or not,” said Graham.

The interview takes no more than a few minutes to complete. All information obtained during the interview will only be used for the purpose of the special census and is confidential.

Several attempts will be made to contact residents in their homes, but in the event that is not possible, census workers will place a telephone call to the home.

Workers will be wearing visible badges identifying them as official census workers. Residents are encouraged to ask them to see their badges.

The special census headquarters will be located at the City Hall Annex, 200 S. Lincoln Ave. Hours of operation for the headquarters will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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