LUCA program to aid in more accurate census

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

At Monday’s meeting, the Dallas County Commission voted to take part in a program designated to contribute to a more accurate census.

The commission voted unanimously to participate in the Local Update of Census Addresses program, also know as the LUCA program.

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Kevin Ross approached the commission earlier in the year and has attended several meetings since to explain the program.

The county voted unanimously to enter into a contract with Ross, who will serve as the county’s LUCA liaison. Ross’ services will entail compiling as many physical addresses as possible, physically checking the address and compiling a corrected list to be submitted to the Census Bureau in preparation for the 2010 Census.

According to officials, the cost of this project to the county is $27,000, of which, Valley Grande will contribute $5,000.

Ross, whose office will be located in the E-911 office building, will be working from lists of residents provided by the census bureau, Dallas County E-911 and &8220;any other list I think is necessary.&8221;

According to Ross, no citizen’s personal information will be shared between agencies.