Feb 25, 2011 4:49 PM by The Associated Press
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - St. Landry Parish officials say they think the latest census figures showing a nearly 5 percent drop in parish population are incorrect. They're asking for a re-count.
St. Landry Parish President Don Menard, along with two state lawmakers from Opelousas - Sen. Elbert Guillory and Rep. Ledricka Thierry - held a news conference Friday outlining their complaints.
The 2010 Census data, released earlier this month, show the parish losing 4,316 people, or 4.9 percent of its residents from 2000. The count also shows Opelousas' population dropping by 6,226 people, or 27 percent.
The officials say they'll ask the Census Bureau to conduct a re-count. If that's unsuccessful, they say they'll commission a re-count from universities to try to challenge the numbers.
Census figures often determine how much federal funding a community receives through different programs.