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ANKENY, Iowa – The city of Ankeny wants a new census count so it can get more money for road work. It’s expected to show the city has grown beyond its official 2010 count of 45,580 to about 52,000.

Federal law allows government bodies like cities and counties to request a special census once every decade.

Ankeny has done so regularly since the 1970s.

The city will pay an estimated $865,000 for the survey. It could bring in an extra $3 million towards the road use tax fund, which pays for things like roads repairs and snow removal, until the next census in 2020.

Ankeny last had a census of this kind in 2005.