MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - City leaders in Murphysboro are questioning the town's 2010 census numbers.
Mayor Ron Williams says the city saw a decline of 400 to 500 people from the last census and he doesn't buy it. He says he's learned of some people who didn't receive census forms and weren't counted.
That's why the mayor wants the Census Bureau to give the city block-by-block numbers to compare with Murphysboro's 911 and water department records.
Williams says - there's a lot at stake.
"It costs us about $133 per person per year if we have someone missed," said Mayor Williams. "If you take that times 400 - 500, that's several thousand dollars. We have to recoup that. It's important to have that revenue."
Census numbers determine the amount of money the city gets from income taxes, motor fuel tax, and property replacement taxes.
If the count is off as much as the mayor fears the city could be shorted between $53,000 and $67,000.