|A special census is underway over a 283-acre annexed area on the city’s west side to find out how many new city customers there are to provide the City of Murfreesboro’s many services for.
Murfreesboro Staff Planner Robert Lewis is in charge of the census process.
Letters asking only for first and last names in the household were mailed to each residence in the 283.17-acre area along with self addressed stamped envelopes, Lewis said. A request was made to have them returned by Nov. 15.
“After that,” he said, “Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department will go door-to-door to those households that didn’t respond in order to make sure we have the names of everyone living in each residence.”
By Nov. 10, 49 of the 115 households or 43 percent had responded, he said. MFRD expects to begin its door-to-door Nov. 22 and 23 and then the weekend of the Nov. 26 and 27.
Lewis said he hopes responses continue at the same pace.
“The fewer households we have to canvass door-to-door the better,” he said.
The annexed area is on the western edge of Murfreesboro near Manson Pike and Brinkley Road. The annexation process began in 2006 and became effective on Oct. 5 of this year after a lengthy legal process placed the acreage inside the city.
The decision was announced Oct. 7, 2010 so the annexation was not effective until nearly a year later, he said.
There are good reasons for getting results from this census quickly, Lewis added.
“It’s important we get our request in early as we can,” he said. “Since the state abolished the Local Planning Assistance Office arm of the Department of Economic and Community Development, there are only four people statewide to certify special censuses.”
Lewis said the department is shooting for early 2012 to submit the necessary paperwork in order to have it certified by July 31 of next year.
Once MFRD completes its rounds, Lewis said he’s confident the response rate will be near 100 percent.
The city should realize approximately an additional $28,000 from the annexation, depending on how the state legislature sets its per capita state-shared sales tax rate.