City of Miami Could Lose $1 Billion Over Ten Years Due to Low Census Count

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen want to make sure everyone in Miami is counted. The two are demanding that the U.S. Census Bureau recount the number of City of Miami residents it tallied in 2010. The feds say only 399,457 residents live in the city, which is about 30,000 fewer than estimated. That difference could cause Miami to lose out on more than $1 billion in government funding over the next decade.

According to the South Florida Business Journal, Regalado and Ros-Lehtinen believe the Census Bureau might have undercounted immigrants and residents of new condo towers.

"I am requesting the Bureau performs a complete and accurate population recount," Regalado said at a news conference. "The funds that 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."

Citing figures from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Regalado believes Miami could lose $1 billion in federal money until the next census is taken in 2020.

Though chances of success in getting a recount are very slim.

Similar challenges brought by local governments across America resulted only in a net gain of 2,700 total people being added to the count in the entire nation after the 2000 census.

For two Republicans, Regalado and Ros-Lehtinen sure do want to make sure that federal government squeezes out that extra billion. Think about our debt, you guys!

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