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Council conversation centers on Census

January 25, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Census workers appealed to the Town Council and, via cable TV, to the town to participate in this year's federal census.

"It's one of the most important things we do," said Partnership Specialist Melissa Trzasko, noting the decennial process is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

Specifically, this Census is much simpler than the controversial one of 2000. Then, one household in six received a very lengthy form that included hundreds of questions and a 40-page manual. The rest had a short form.

This year, she said, everyone's getting just 10 questions — listing number of people and their name, sex, age and ethnicity for each, plus whether the home is owned or rented and a phone number for "quality assurance."

Trzasko noted, however, that the bureau is prohibited by law from sharing any personal information it collects with any other federal agency or individuals. Such agencies, even the president, only have access to the compiled data.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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