To the editor:

To the editor:

I am writing to ask each household to please complete and return your census questionnaire as soon as possible.

It only takes 10 minutes to fill out and place in your mailbox. As I write this, only 21 percent of our county has responded to this questionnaire. Your household's participation will help conserve tax dollars since an employee from the Census Bureau will come to your house if your form is not returned by mail.

Since Delaware County is the fastest-growing county in Ohio, we need to make sure that we are accurately counted and receive the correct services and funding for our growing population over the next 10 years.

Every resident counts and it is important not only to make sure your community is adequately represented in government, but it also affects community funding through state and federal grants.

To find out more about the census count, visit our county's local complete count committee Web site, http://www.dalisproject.org/pages/census/home.htm.

If you would like to see live census mail-back participation rates, visit http://2010.cen-sus.gov/2010census/take10map/

Gerry Cotter

Genoa Township

Member, Census Ohio

Complete Count Committee