OTTUMWA — Even though the census count is a year away, county supervisors are already getting ready for it.
According to County Supervisor Jerry Parker, only 80 percent of people in Wapello County fill out a census survey verifying their residence, while 20 percent don’t answer. Parker said finding the 20 percent of people is necessary because of what it means for Wapello County.
“Each year billions of dollars (in America) are handed out by the federal government and our federal congressmen (to conduct census),” Parker said, “If we didn’t get counted we would lose representatives in Washington, DC. The more that gets counted is when we gain representatives. The whole intent is to get people counted.”
Parker wrote the letter to Marilyn A. Sanders, pledging support to get a complete count of residents living in Ottumwa.
Parker said it was the Correct Count Committee who wanted the supervisors to appoint well-known people in Wapello County to go to residents and have them fill out a survey, indicating how long they have lived in the area.
The second main event the supervisors will talk about is their contribution to the fire department’s new river rescue boat. Parker said they want to donate $10,240 to the new boat and will decide as a team if that amount can be approved.
“We are glad to participate,” Parker said, “we’re glad to know the men who dived into cold water at that river rescue (on October 10, 2018) are not found dead. This amount will help the city, too. The city and county benefit from it.”