West Des Moines Calls for Special Census

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of West Des Moines will pay to count its residents.

Monday night the city council approved a special census.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population of the city will be nearly 64,000 by next year. That’s up nearly 12.5-percent over the 2010 census.

If the new count is accurate, and certified by the special census, the city could gain an additional $670,000 in additional road use tax revenue each year.

The city’s finance director, Tim Stiles, says the census will cost $1.1 million, but the city stands to gain $2.5 million, after the cost of the census is deducted.

Stiles says residents can expect to be contacted by late spring.

The city should have an updated count by the end of next year.