Get out and be counted.
Get out and make your presence known.
Get out and make sure every warm body in Sandusky and throughout Erie County and the state gets counted in the 2010 census.
Failure to do that -- an undercount -- will have a profound adverse impact on the region and the state for generations. The city of Sandusky has the potential to lose $3 million in its share of federal funding over 10 years for every 200 residents who fail to be included in the population count. There is perhaps no better opportunity to secure a better future than by making sure the census is accurate. The power to control that is within the hands of each resident.
And the loss of federal funding is just one facet of the damages an undercount could have. Businesses and industries looking to grow don't plant seeds in a dry field. A vibrant population is key to future success and future jobs in the region.
County officials, and particularly Sandusky city commissioners, need to step out and continue a continuous call for filling out the census forms, which will be mailed to every residence in the county in about four weeks. Public officials across the board need to use their public puplits to encourage, prod, demand, plead and do whatever it takes to convince residents to answer the 10 simple questions on the census form.
And members of your household include anyone who might be relying on you for shelter during these difficult economic times.
It's conventional wisdom that the city, the county and the state have lost population since the 2000 census. The extent of that might be revealed when initial tabulations from the government are released. But failure to make every effort to make sure every resident is counted likely will make that loss seem bigger than it is, and the long-term consequences to that are almost incalculable.
We hope every public official with any kind of following takes heed and makes sure they do their part to get the word out.
Make sure you're counted. Make sure we're counted.