Hidalgo County leaders fighting for millions of dollars they say is due to their constituents
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:55:37 GMT —
"We're getting ready to go to Washington to testify to talk to the census bureau to mediate some understanding. If we cannot do that then we are going to mitigate and we're going to the courthouse"
Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia says the US Census undercounted the population of his county in 2010 by epic proportions.
17,000 home addresses were not included.
"That's an average of 4 persons per home that's 68,000 individuals that were not counted."
At $1,550 per person that averages more than $105M a year that did not come into the county.
Garcia says many of the larger areas that were bypassed include colonias saying questionnaires weren't mailed to those areas leaving them without a voice.
"Here in this county they didn't do that in the colonias and as a result they relied on the people of the colonia coming forward on their own to request to be counted and that wasn't going to happen, and did not happen."
Their records show that clusters of addresses not counted include more than a thousand in one area to just one in others, but each person that was ignored added up to millions in losses of essential funding for the largest indigent population in the state.
"That money goes toward transportation being roads, healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare all different types of federal dollars our area severely needs."
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