According to the AJC, about a quarter of DeKalb County’s residents went uncounted in the last census, causing the county to lose about $41 million in federal funding, County Commissioner Connie Stokes announced Wednesday.
“That’s not good enough because that means dollars are left on the table,” DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis said Wednesday.
That money could have went to transit, roads, healthcare, schools, parks and public safety, Ellis said.
With an anticipated $100 million deficit, DeKalb is pushing to ensure every resident is counted during this year’s census. The new census figures will be used to determine where $400 billion in federal funding will be spent across the nation and DeKalb wants part of that money, said Stokes, chair of the county’s census committee.
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