FUNDING THE 2010 CENSUS
WHEREAS, the United States Bureau of the Census is preparing to conduct the 2010 census to update census data used to determine, among other things, each state's Congressional representation as well as the amount of federal funds each state and local community will receive from various federal programs; and
WHEREAS, in previous census counts including 1980, 1990 and 2000, mayors across the nation have expressed concerns that high levels of low-income individuals have been undercounted and as a result cities have missed out on millions of dollars in federal funds for federal programs, including those serving low-income families; and
WHEREAS, in preparation for the 2010 census, the United States Census Bureau has reengineered the decennial census with three goals in mind: (1) to reduce operational risk, (2) improve the accuracy and relevance of data, (3) and contain the overall cost of the census; and
WHEREAS, to better ensure a more accurate count in 2010, the Census Bureau must receive the resources it needs to plan and conduct an accurate count of all individuals residing in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Congress approved the President's budget request for fiscal year 2007 which will enable the Census Bureau to continue its long term planning for the 2010 census, to continue development of Global Positioning System (GPS)-equipped handheld computers for use in the 2008 Dress Rehearsal and the 2010 census, as well as full implementation of the American Community Survey; and
WHEREAS, the Administration has requested an increase in funds for fiscal year 2008 to ramp up efforts in preparation for the 2010 census and allow the Census Bureau to continue planning, testing, and developing activities, including the 2008 Census Dress Rehearsal; conducting the American Community Survey to replace the traditional long form; and improving the accuracy of map feature locations, using GPS coordinates;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the President and Congress to support adequate funding of the 2010 census so that long-term planning can begin now; the 2010 census can be designed to more accurately identify and count all segments of the city's population, including low-income individuals; and federal funds supporting low-income populations can be more accurately allocated among states and local communities.