Census Bureau to begin door-to-door visits in Scottsdale

May 5, 2010

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Starting Saturday, May 1, census takers began going door to door to the 29 percent of Scottsdale residences that did not complete their Census questionnaires. If a census taker visits your home, first ask to see his or her identification badge. All census workers carry official government badges marked with his or her name. Census takers will NEVER ask to enter your home and will ONLY ask the questions that appear on the 2010 Census questionnaire. You are required only to provide the number of people who reside at your address.

Should the census taker come when you are away from your home, he or she will leave a contact number, allowing you to schedule a convenient time for you and your family to complete your Census. Your privacy is protected because the census taker who collects your information is sworn for life to protect your information. Under federal law, the penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.

Your participation in the 2010 Census is vital and required by law, so please be sure to welcome the census taker or schedule a convenient appointment to be counted. It is not too late to ensure that thousands of tax dollars are returned to Scottsdale for critical services for residents and their families.

Scottsdale residents who have questions about the Census Bureau’s door-to-door efforts are encouraged to visit www.2010.Census.gov for more information.