DUBOIS – Sandy Township will look into challenging the results of the 2010 census.
According to Township Manager Dick Castonguay, the township has been reported as having lost 930 residents, 8.07 percent of the population, over the last ten years to 10,625 residents in the county. This means the township will lose 8.07 percent of funding from any source of income based on population.
Castonguay mentioned that using previous year’s figures this decline in population will cost the township $27,000 from three sources of money alone before even considering taxes. The three combined funds were the Liquid Fuels Fund, the Foreign Fire Fund and the Community Development Block Grant. Each of these three have a set amount paid based on how many people live in a community.
The challenge is not based on not wanting to lose the money alone. Castonguay stated that it seemed out of place for the township to have lost 930 residents in the same time period 450 new homes were built. Additionally, Castonguay added there has been activity with Christ the King and the DuBois Nursing Home.