MIAMI (CBS4) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado have asked the U.S. Census Bureau for a recount of the city of Miami’s population.
Ros-Lehtinen and Regalado believe the once a decade count of the city’s population was too low.
“I am requesting the Bureau performs a complete and accurate population recount,” Mayor Regalado said. “The funds Miami loses due to an undercount will ultimately affect the quality of life of our city and the most vulnerable and neediest of our residents.”
The 2010 Census reported Miami’s population at just fewer than 400,000 inside the city limits. Both leaders said that is 30,000 less than official estimates in 2008 and 2009.
At stake in the population count battle is precious federal dollars. And with the economy in the shape it is now in Miami, every dollar is crucial.
“I look forward to joining Mayor Regalados call for a Census recount because Miami could lose over one billion dollars over the next decade in funding due to this undercount and this is simply unacceptable,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. “I will fully support whatever can be done to find a remedy to this undercount as soon as possible.”
Both Ros-Lehtinen and Regalado said that the Census Bureau had problems counting the entire population of Miami because of the immigrant population; the security in condo towers in the Brickell area; and counting the Haitians that arrived after the 2010 earthquake.