There is an added feature on the annual town census form this year. In addition to the standard questions, residents are invited to answer four optional questions. The information gathered from the survey is intended to assist the town’s planning staff with its decision-making as it updates Burlington’s master plan. The survey asks respondents in what city or town they work and their means of transportation, as well as the number of cars and smartphones they have in their households. There is also a question from the clerk’s office regarding the number of dogs in the household. The census forms were recently mailed to all households. Residents are asked to complete the forms and return them to the town clerk’s office. Residents must return the census to maintain active voter status, and to qualify for veterans’ and housing benefits and in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. The town uses census data for planning purposes and in applications for state and federal grants. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 781-270-1660. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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