Special Census 2018
The City of Spring Hill, one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state, is again conducting a special census to certify the growth in population our city has added in recent years.
It’s important to verify the latest population, and imperative that all residents respond, because of the State-shared tax revenues our city receives for each certified resident. For fiscal year 2017-18, the state is paying cities about $123 per resident in State-shared revenues.
The additional revenues received for added population will allow the City to provide much needed services, such as police, fire protection, library services, Public Works, and expansion of our roads and parks.
The population of Spring Hill, last certified at 36,530 after the last special census in 2015, is now estimated at over 40,000 residents, based on housing permits and utility hookups in recent years, said Assistant City Administrator Chuck Downham. The City issued 699 new residential building permits in 2016, and is currently on track to exceed that amount in 2017.
“Based on building permits alone, it’s estimated that we have added roughly 3,600 new residents since the last census, which would put us at over 40,000 residents,” said Finance Director Jim Smith. “At approximately $123 per person, that amounts to an additional $442,000 per year in new State-shared revenues. If the census costs $150,000 – that’s the amount we have budgeted – we would still be ahead in the following fiscal year by $292,000, and we would collect the full additional $442,000 every year after that.”
In order to verify the accuracy of the census, the City is required to either receive a census survey response from each resident or to personally visit all residents who do not respond. The survey simply requests respondents’ address and the names of everyone living at that address.
“We all must remember that getting a comprehensive and accurate count of our current residents helps all of us by creating new revenues needed to help expand our infrastructure and keep up with our city’s exponential growth,” Mr. Downham said. “Everyone literally counts. It only takes a minute.”
After the special census results are tabulated this winter, they will be verified by a state-recognized agency and submitted to the state legislature for ratification in March during the 2018 spring session.
The first City of Spring Hill utility bill insert with information about the Special Census was sent out Oct. 1, and there will be other outgoing mailings to follow. Once a household has completed the census, there is no additional requirement.
The Spring Hill Special Census can be completed at the Census Alert link at the top of our homepage, springhilltn.org.
Spring Hill Public Library also has two laptop computers available for citizens to complete the Special Census Survey, as well as hard copy forms.
For questions about the Spring Hill Special Census, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.