Carmel hiring to help conduct special census

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The City of Carmel is conducting a partial special census later this summer to update the city’s population count and possibly increase access to tax dollars distributed by population. Carmel officials project it could mean an additional $2.4 million in revenue for the city to be used for infrastructure and road improvements.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard estimates that the project will cost the city between $600,000 and $800,000. The only areas that will be targeted are those with significant growth in the past few years.

“Many of our state tax revenue allocations are based on population,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said. “When it comes to a fast-growing city like Carmel, it is important that we stay on top of population changes in order to ensure that Carmel receives what we are entitled to receive. It makes sound financial sense to move forward with a special census rather than wait until 2020. This is a good thing for our local taxpayers. ”

As part of this Special Census, about 275 people will be hired for temporary employment, such as going door-to-door to ask a few questions of each household. There will also be positions for crew leaders and clerical staff. The pay rates are $13.74 per hour for enumerators who go door-to-door, $15.24 for crew leaders and $10.74 for clerical staff.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. Some clerical positions could be filled by applicants 16 years old and older.  All employees are expected to work a minimum of 25 hours each week and a maximum of 40 hours. Jobs last three to five weeks on average. Enumerators and crew leaders must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.

Applicants must pass a written test for general knowledge and basic skills and pass an FBI background check. Rosemary Waters, past president of the International Arts Festival and noted community volunteer, has been brought on board to help lead the special census. She can be reached at 317-571-2490.

The map is focused mainly on west Carmel with some areas of focus in Carmel’s Old Town and City Center areas and the northeast side of town.

An application may be picked up at City Hall or online at www.carmel.in.gov.

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