By Kara Wall, AMCOM RedstoneJanuary 25, 2010
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles joined other local officials in signing a resolution Jan. 11 in support of Census 2010 and the increased funding it could bring.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley and Madison County Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie also signed the resolution.
Having a high census return rate will prove critical for improving roads and schools near Redstone since federal funding correlates with census numbers. Each person counted in the census will equate to $1,200 in annual funding. For a family of five, this equals $6,000 in annual funding or $60,000 for the next 10 years.
In addition, Census 2010 numbers will stand until the next census in 2020. For Redstone, this means being ready for the next Base Realignment and Closure round could rely on the return rate of this year's census.
"Our ability to support the current and future growth needs due to BRAC will be affected by our response to the census," Battle said.
Myles committed Redstone's support to the census and to being a "good neighbor."
"We (at Redstone Arsenal) represent 32,000 people whose mission is to support the war fighter and those defending the nation. We also have a responsibility to be a good neighbor. All of us need to give the right information so that our elected officials in D.C. can do what they do best," Myles said.
Residents of Madison County will receive the census in March. The census form is short and only has 10 questions per person. All personally identifiable information received from the census will be kept confidential.
For more information about Census 2010, call 800-923-8282 or visit www.census.gov/2010census.