Indy suburbs eye special census counts to boost revenue

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FISHERS, Ind. (June 14, 205) — 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 But growing communities can miss out on hundreds of thousands of dollars a year because of outdated numbers.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.

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Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com

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