76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

FUNDING THE 2010 CENSUS

WHEREAS, Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution mandates a decennial census; and

WHEREAS, the United States Census Bureau is preparing to conduct the 2010 Census on April 1, 2010 to update census data which will be used to determine each state’s congressional representation in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, data obtained from the 2010 Census will also be used to apportion billions of dollars in federal funds to both state and local governments which will have a direct, lasting, and substantive impact on state and local issues of importance—socio-economic, political, and educational—among many other matters; and

WHEREAS, the apportionment of federal funds based on census data will affect the standard of living of all municipal residents for many years following the completion of the census; and

WHEREAS, in previous census counts including 1980, 1990 and 2000, mayors across the nation have expressed grave concerns that high levels of low-income individuals have been undercounted and, as a direct result, cities have been deprived of millions of dollars owed to them in federal funds for critical programs, including those serving low-income families and the homeless; and

WHEREAS, in preparation for the 2010 Census, the United States Census Bureau has sought to re-engineer the decennial census with three goals in mind: (1) to reduce operational risk; (2)improve the accuracy and relevance of data, and (3) contain overall cost of the census; and

WHEREAS, recent reports indicate that the United States Census Bureau is facing serious challenges that threaten the development of a sound, efficient and effective program which will ensure that each and every resident is counted on April 1, 2010; and

WHEREAS, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Guitierrez has recognized these challenges as being “unacceptable” and has opined that the U.S. Census Bureau “must immediately revamp some programs, refocus priorities and get on top of the challenges”to have a successful decennial census; and

WHEREAS, to better ensure a more accurate count in 2010, the President and the Congress should secure that the decennial census program receives the appropriate oversight and resources it needs to address immediately the serious concerns raised by recent reports; and

WHEREAS, although Congress approved the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2008 to enable the Census Bureau to continue its long-term planning for the 2010 Census, additional funds are now deemed necessary to revamp the program in time to ensure a successful census program;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the President and Congress to immediately address the serious concerns raised regarding the operational, programmatic, and budgetary planning of the decennial census to ensure that an accurate count takes place on April 1, 2010;support adequate funding of the 2010 Census so that the necessary revamping and long-term, strategic planning highlighted by recent reports can commence immediately; ensure that the 2010 Census be designed to more accurately identify and count all segments of a city’s population, including low-income individuals, the homeless, and immigrants; and secure that federal funds supporting low-income populations can be more accurately allocated among states and local communities.