December 2, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 5 Franklin Lakes Borough agrees to support 2010 census by Frank J. McMahon The Franklin Lakes Council has passed a resolution indicating its commitment to partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help ensure a full and accurate count in the 2010 census. The borough agreed to support the goals and ideals for the 2010 census and disseminate information to encourage those in our community to participate, encourage people in the community to place an emphasis on the census and participate in events and initiatives that will raise overall awareness and ensure a full and accurate count, support census takers as they help the community complete an accurate count, and create or seek opportunities to collaborate with other likeminded groups in the community by participating in Complete Count Committees and/or using high profile trusted voices to advocate on behalf of the 2010 census. In the resolution, the governing body pointed out that an accurate census is vital to the well-being of the community’s residents because it helps planners determine where to locate schools, day care centers, roads, and public transportation, hospitals, and other facilities. It also points out that more than $435 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to states and communities based, in part, on census data, and the data collected helps to determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, the census is often used for the redistricting of state legislatures, county and city councils, and voting districts. The resolution also states that the census creates jobs that stimulate economic growth and increase employment. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the basic census consists of a 10-question questionnaire that will be circulated to all households. But a multi-page questionnaire entitled, “The American Community Survey,” will also be sent to random households and that survey will be part of the Decennial Census Program that is conducted under the authority of Title 13 of the United States Code. The American Community Survey is conducted every year by mailing the multi-page questionnaire to one out of every 480 households and Title 13 requires that the U.S. Census Bureau keep all information obtained through the questionnaire strictly confidential. The questionnaire is 11 pages long for each person in the household, and the U.S. Census Bureau claims it will take 38 minutes for the average household to fill it out. The survey asks personal questions about each member of the household and questions about the family’s housing, the level of education of each member of the household, the ethnic ancestry and language spoken, the health insurance under which each household member is covered, and other questions about the health of each household member, their marital status and number of children and grandchildren, their service in the armed forces, and their employment and income history. Those who receive the survey are required by law to answer the survey’s questions to the best of their ability. If an incomplete form is submitted, or if the data provided is not clear, the U.S. Census Bureau may contact the respondent by phone or in person to obtain or clarify the missing information. �������� ������� �������������� �������� ��������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ���������������������� ������������������������������ ���������������������������� ����������� All �������� ������� ������������ �������������������������� ������������ �������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ������������������� Fo r Christmas S easons ... ������������������������������ Boilers Repaired or Replaced in One Day • Oil Tank Abatement • Chimney Liners • Water Heaters • Sewers & Drains • Cast Iron Gas Fired Boilers ����������������������������������������� ������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������ Hamilton Square Shopping Center 140 Franklin Tpke, Waldwick • 201-251-7577 ��������������������������������������������������������� ������������������� Senior Discounts • N.J. State Lic# 6980 ������������ ���� ������ �������������������������� 12-2-09 mike/janine AllSeasonsForChristmas2x2(12-2-09) 2 x 2” ��������������������� �������������������� ����� ��������������������� ��������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������� CATS, DOGS, BIRDS & EXOTICS ����� ��������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� �������� ������������������������ ������������������������������������� ���������������������� �������������� ��������� ���� �������� ��������� �� �� ��������� ����� �������� ��������� ���� ������� � �� ���� �������� Visit us at 754 Franklin Ave, Franklin Lakes 201-848-1991 ��������