CENSUS-2000 MEETING SCHEDULED TO REVIEW PROPOSED BOUNDARY SPLITS

CENSUS-2000 MEETING SCHEDULED TO REVIEW PROPOSED BOUNDARY SPLITS

Every 10 years, the task of preparing for a United States Census falls to county and municipal governments, whose officers and agents must assess the growth of housing, population and income growth in order to draw boundaries for census tabulations.
As the 2000 Census approaches, the Doña Ana County Community Development Office has been making preliminary boundaries of populated areas designed to report census results in a manner that will make after-census analysis useful to voters, grant writers, service providers, business trackers, governments and school districts.
A meeting has been scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Doña Ana County Commission Chambers to invite public input on the revised census tract boundaries and to assess the impact of census data on those who rely on it for operations and projections of future growth.
Judith Price, director of the Doña Ana County Community Development Office, said the revised boundaries take into consideration all areas of Doña Ana County except the City of Las Cruces, where municipal authorities are undertaking their own reviews.
Price said new boundaries for the census have been designed that seek to “even out” income disparities and other demographic factors in areas like Sunland Park, Santa Teresa, Chaparral and other small villages throughout Doña Ana County.
Public participation in the boundary-making process, she said, is essential to making the census results most useful to the people and planners who ultimately will use the information.
Although the county has made “tremendous strides” in its rural addressing program, Price said there are still some areas of the county which will almost surely be undercounted during the 2000 Census because residents will not receive or return the census forms mailed out by the federal government. Redrawing boundaries to adjust for the discrepancies caused by undercounting represent another factor in the boundary-drawing process, she said.
For more information, call Doña Ana County’s Community Development Office at (505) 647-7237.