ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Ankeny expects to profit from paying about $865,000 for a special census
The Des Moines Register says the special count this year is expected to show Ankeny has grown to at least 53,000 residents, well beyond its official 2010 count of nearly 45,600. City Manager David Jones says the higher population can translate to an extra $3 million to $4 million a year in road use tax revenue each year until the 2020 census is conducted.
Federal law lets cities and counties request a special census once every decade. The U.S. Census Bureau says 28 Iowa cities have made such a request in the past decade. Ankeny did so in 1975, 1985, 1994, 2005 and now 2014.
The road use tax fund is money from a tax on fuel.