The city is paying $1.5 million for a Special Census in order to qualify for road use tax revenue that can be used for road maintenance projects. Officials say, if the census proves the population has increased, West Des Moines will receive an additional $670,000 each year leading up to the next regular full Census in 2020. Deducting the cost of the Special Census, the city would receive, in total, an additional $2.2 million in road use tax revenue during that five year period.
Citizens who sign up as enumerators will be paid between $13 and $17 an hour, plus paid training and mileage. Enumerators go door-to-door, collecting information from households that officials say will remain confidential. The minimum workload will be 20 hours a week. Officials ask those interested to call the City Manager’s Office.