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With the city of Davenport just 315 heads shy of the 100,000-population mark, Mayor Bill Gluba said Friday he intends to ask for a review of the final count.

As early as next week, Gluba said he will ask aldermen to look into the possibility of a full or partial recount to see if those heads can be found.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Thursday that Davenport's official population stood at 99,685.

That final number in itself was something to be happy about, Gluba said.

"We're delighted with the result," he said, adding that other Midwestern cities have lost population. "Davenport is growing, we're on the move. We're reversed the downward trend."

However, there may be federal and state money at the 100,000-population level that would help the city to continue moving forward, growing both the population and the tax base.

"Census figures are the basis for the distribution of funds for a variety of programs, Medicaid, federal Title I funding to schools, housing and community and economic development, transportation, job training, and low-income home energy assistance," Gluba said.

"Eighteen of the largest federal grant programs rely at least in part on census data to apportion funds."

A rough calculation estimates that about $1,500 in federal funds is tied to each individual, he said.

Evidence of Davenport's growth "is everywhere," he said, adding that he has, "every confidence that Davenport is past the 100,000 mark. The census and the federal government are just a little slow."

Alderman Bill Boom, 3rd Ward, said he and other council members are not familiar with the recount process, or what it may cost, or if there really are any benefits.

There likely are people in the city who did not complete a census form for one reason or another, he added. "In some parts of my ward, the reception for unknown individuals is not all that welcoming," he said.

Alderman Nathan Brown, 1st Ward, said before the council moves forward with any type of full or partial recount, there would have to be a cost-benefit analysis.

"We don't want to spend money just to get a number," Brown said. "Obviously, this thing is for 10 years. If it's going to affect us for that long, we would like an accurate count."

City Administrator Craig Malin said when the city receives the census bureau's block-by-block data, "we'll be able to compare that to growth areas in the city."

"We want to limit the scope of the recount to areas where there may be discrepancies," Malin said. "That way, we limit the cost of the recount and increase our return on investment."

 

 

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