Lebanon has experienced tremendous growth since the last census in 2010. Starting in early September, Lebanon residents will be encouraged to Get Counted during our 2015 special census. The last Federal Census in 2010 showed a population of just over 26,000, but city officials are expecting that number to exceed 30,000. Without a locally-conducted special census, the State of Tennessee only recognizes the Federal Census number. This means that any additional revenue the City of Lebanon would receive by virtue of its actual population is lost until we complete this census.
During the week of September 21, each resident will find a census card hanging from their trash container. Residents are asked to provide the names of all persons living at that respective address. Once the card is filled out, it can be returned to any city location including police/fire departments, city hall, and the Jimmy Floyd Center. They can be turned to any employee or dropped into the secure boxes at these locations provided to collect the cards. All information will be kept confidential and will only be used for this census.
Our city receives about $116 per counted person from the state, and this census is expected to bring in $500,000 per year for the next four years, equating to a revenue increase of over $2,000,000.
"We're hoping for a great response from our citizens, which will help keep our taxes low and keep Lebanon a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family," Mayor Phillip Craighead said.
Everyone can Get Counted by returning the cards attached to their trash containers. Forms can also be filled out online at www.CountLebanon.com. Residents with questions regarding the 2015 Special Census are advised to call the city at 615-443-2839, or visit the city's website for more information.