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Special census will count Mascoutah's population


Mascoutah, Ill. – The Metro-East town of Mascoutah is holding a special census to verify what officials say has been a surge in population.

U.S. Census figures say the city gained only 148 residents from 1990 to 2000. But Mayor Jerry Daugherty says a construction boom and new businesses have increased the city's population by at least one-thousand since 2000, to 7,500 people.

Officials say commissioning the special census is worth the $61,000 price tag because the amount of state and federal tax money the city receives is determined by its population.

Results are expected in three to six months.


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