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Several Phoenix-area cities to take part in census to raise funds for the Valley

PHOENIX — In order to bring more money to the Valley, hundreds of census workers will be knocking on doors throughout the Phoenix area starting on Thursday.

Mike Sakal, a spokesman for the city of Goodyear, said cities including Goodyear, Peoria, Chandler, Gilbert, Maricopa, Queen Creek and Buckeye will be taking part in the census.

The city of Goodyear has been growing at a substantial pace, Sakal said. He said he believes the city could have as many as 80,000 residents this year, a huge leap from the 65,000 recorded from 2010’s census.

“(We’re doing it to) determine our current population and to see if our city will see an increase in state-shared revenue to bring more of our residents’ tax dollars back into the community,” he said.

Sakal said Goodyear is one of fastest growing cities in America and the city can earn some much needed dollars if the population goes up.

“We could stand to receive as much as an additional $1.5 million dollars in state-shared revenue back from the state,” he said. “That money goes to our general fund for services such as police, fire and recreation.”

Sakal said the census takers will be going door-to-door through November.

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