Indy suburbs eye special census counts to boost revenue
FISHERS, Ind. (June 14, 2015) — Rapidly growing Indianapolis suburbs in search of a bigger share of state revenue say they’re planning special census counts to boost their chances.
Population numbers the U.S. Census Bureau collects once a decade are typically used to allocate state money. But growing communities can miss out on hundreds of thousands of dollars a year because of outdated numbers.
That’s why Fishers, Carmel, Whitestown and Westfield have each decided to spring for special certified census counts.
The Indianapolis Business Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1Hj7XY1 ) the special counts carry the risk that the communities will spend more than they get in return.
Estimated census costs range from $80,000 for Whitestown to as much as $1.2 million for Fishers depending on whether the communities pursue a partial or full count.
Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com