The town of Queen Creek is seeking local residents to work as temporary census workers. The majority of the positions available are for enumerators, which involves visiting every household to gather basic information about Queen Creek’s demographics.
Enumerators are paid $16.25 per hour plus mileage and paid training, according to a press release. Enumerators will be required to work 25-40 hours per week for four-six weeks beginning in early October.
To be eligible, a resident must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older and pass a written test of basic skills. Interested individuals must complete an interest form and submit a completed application form. There are approximately 70 positions available, and the positions will remain open until filled.
The basic skills testing will occur in August. Individuals who pass the test will be fingerprinted for a criminal-background check. Applicants who successfully pass the criminal-background check will be required to attend training in late September.
Queen Creek is participating with the cities of Buckeye, Chandler, Gilbert, Goodyear, Maricopa and Peoria in the 2015 Special Census. A Special Census is a basic enumeration (or record) of population, housing units, group quarters and transitory locations conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau at the request of a city or town.
The cost to conduct a special census in Queen Creek, including salaries for the temporary census workers, is approximately $537,681, Constance Halonen-Wilson, the town’s public information officer, said in an e-mailed response to questions. That amount eventually would be recovered in the increase in revenue the town would receive by documenting the town’s growth, she said.
“Cities and towns in Arizona receive their share of state-shared revenues based on population taken in the most recent census. Currently, Queen Creek’s distribution is based on the 2010 census. Based on building permit activity and occupancy permits, it is estimated that the town has grown by 20 percent since the 2010 census. According to state law, conducting a full census by the U.S. Census Bureau is the only accepted method for updating the population figures that are used to disburse state shared revenues,” Ms. Halonen-Wilson said.
The town’s population as of 2010 was 26,590, according to the town’s website. The town estimates its population as of June 25, 2015 is 33,752, according to the website.
If the census is completed this fall, the town would see an increase in revenue starting in fiscal year 2017, the spokeswoman said. Using revenue projections by Maricopa County Association of Governments, this could result in an increase of $4.8 million in state-shared revenues over fiscal years 2017 through 2020, she said. The projected $4.8 million would not be received by the town if a special census is not completed, she said.
For more information about the 2015 Queen Creek special census, including the application form, visit the town’s online census page.
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