Two dozen census takers hit the streets starting Friday. They're searching for anyone that's moved to the area in the last five years. With the village's explosive growth, area leaders are taking a special census because they feel more than 1400 people have moved to the community since the 2000 U.S. census.
If the numbers add up, Machesney Park could get $154,000 more a year in tax revenue until the 2010 census. The money would also pay for services such as new streets, lights, and police protection.
The village is spending $143,000 for the special census, and expects the results within the next three months.