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Bronxville Mayor: We Will Challenge Census Results

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Bronxville will formally challenge numbers gathered during the 2010 Census, Mayor Mary Marvin said this week.

In her weekly blog, Marvin said the census numbers indicate that the village's population has decreased from 6,543 in 2000 to 6,323 because the Census Bureau determined that 171 household units in the Village were vacant.

Marvin said it would almost be laughable that the census bureau initially had Yonkers as the village's return address and no census workers or any census officials came to Village Hall. But the numbers are used for more than determining the number of residents in the village.

"These inaccurate numbers will determine our portion of any state, federal and school resources and even our share of sales tax revenue for the next 10 years," Marvin wrote. "The dollar amounts are not large for the village, but any loss in funding only ends up increasing the burden on our taxpayers."

While Village Administrator Harold Porr was unable to be reached for comment on the process the village will have to undertake in order to challenge the numbers, Marvin said the village is duty-bound to file a challenge.

"Filing a challenge will involve a great deal of staff time and effort when even one visit by a census staffer to the Village's Building Department or just a phone call would have resulted in more accurate information," Marvin said. "We all paid for the census and we will all pay again in filing costs and lost subsidies if we lose our challenge."

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