Walls mayor asks all citizens to fill out and return census forms

By Chip Washington - bio | email

WALLS, MS (WMC-TV) - As the "mail-in" phase of the 2010 U.S. Census winds down, officials the response from DeSoto County has been good.

"DeSoto County is at a 67 percent mail-in response rate, which is a point ahead of the national average," Census liaison Matt Hanks said Tuesday.

An accurate count could mean new legislative representation and additional federal funding for local communities, which would pay for infrastructure and other improvements.

The town of Walls is working hard to get the numbers up. Mayor Gene Alday, who has seen many of the forms in the trash, said Tuesday it is too important to not participate.  

"The census is important because you are not able to get CBG grants, federal money from the state or the government," Alday said. "We have sewer projects and water projects that I want to do. If the numbers rise then we'll be up there.

Alday said he has, and will continue, to go door to door to emphasize his point. As for now, the mail-in deadline is April 16th so you need to act fast.

"It's just ten questions," he said. "Ten minutes is their slogan, so knock it out and send it back in."

Census workers will start going door to door beginning the first week of May.

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