U.S. Census Bureau to Return Almost 25% of Budget This Year

The U.S. Census Bureau will return $1.6 billion of its $7 billion budget for the year after costs came in lower than expected.

Savings stemmed from factors including 72% of households returning mailed questionnaires and an emergency fund that was never needed, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, according to CNN.

"With proficient management, the cooperation of the American public and a little bit of luck, the Census stayed on track with significant cost savings to taxpayers," Locke said.

The Census Bureau compiles the U.S. population survey every 10 years.

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That was nice of them to return the money. After counting all the inner city people they didn't need to count any more. Each black =10 each brown person = 7... And you don't count.

August 10 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well Obama isn't going to like this. In case some people don't know he's trying to ruin the country by overspending. Just watch what happens to the census Czar, Im sure hes got one of thoes.

August 10 2010 at 12:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply