Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development is available to provide technical assistance to all 30 municipalities in Dutchess for the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA). The LUCA is a massive project currently underway to provide the latest and most accurate addresses to the U.S. Census Bureau for mailing Census forms to every household in Dutchess for Census 2010.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “Getting an accurate address list helps ensure all Dutchess County residents are counted in 2010. For example, the decennial Census data will determine how federal grant money is distributed.”
Dutchess County has been a Census affiliate since 1988. As an affiliate, the County provides various agencies, departments, and the public with Census data on a continuing basis. Participation in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) is critical as a Census affiliate because it ensures the highest level of accuracy for Dutchess County.
“Reviewing the Census address list, and correspondingly updating maps to reflect the address additions and changes, is a daunting task,” said County Executive Steinhaus. Extensive technical capabilities are needed to compare addresses, provide corrections, and provide the required corresponding mapping. To help local municipalities in this task, the Department of Planning and Development, in cooperation with the Real Property Tax Department and the Office of Computer Information Systems, will review and update addresses for the entire County. Any municipality that signs up to review their address list will be able to make use of the County’s services.
According to Roger Akeley, Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development, “County Executive Steinhaus has made County resources available to do the technical work to perform this review. We are asking that the municipalities sign on to give their local knowledge. They are the ones who know best where there are housing units the Census might miss, such as a two-family home that has been converted to a three-family, or a second residence on a single-family lot.”
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “By using County resources, we can do a comprehensive first review of the Census address lists, and then provide the localities with an updated list for their review. This will eliminate a lot of work for the local governments. Once the addresses have undergone a second review by the localities, we will provide the Census with a final address list and any needed corrections to the maps.”
For more information about the LUCA project, contact the Department of Planning and Development at 486-3600.