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By The Staff

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for a few good people to work in the 2010 Census and at least one Chiefland official is hoping the count gets done accurately.

Project and Finance Director Laurie Copeland says Chiefland’s population in the 2000 Census fell two people short of qualifying for more federal grant money.

“We’re two recorded people between the 650,000 category and 700,000 category” for Community Development Block Grant, she said.

“The federal government is using the 2000 data. . . and there is no way to change it.”

She said the state is one of the few states that do not automatically do updates on their census information so the city is stuck with the 2000 figure.

It affects more than the CDBG grants which provide infrastructure improvement money like water and streets. She said FEMA is one example of grant money that is doled out by population, as well.

“Everybody in the state wants to argue this is 2008 and you’re still using 2000 data on us. It is a problem and there is no way to force them to take our information,” she said.

So for those job hunters who think a position with the Census Bureau is not important, you have another think coming.

The first step to being hired it to bring two pieces of identification to a test site and take a 30-minute, 28-question employment test.

The bureau will be doing testing twice — 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 4 W. Park Ave., Chiefland.

The bureau will also be testing at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Williston.

This will be the second test date for Williston. There were 15 applicants at the first testing.

The Census Bureau says it offers competitive wages, plus mileage. The job requires working flexible hours and some evenings and weekends will be required.

Workers will be paid during the training period.

For more information, call the Bureau’s Atlanta office at 1-866-861-2010 or Janet Minor at the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce at 493-1849.