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GROTON — Census forms will be delivered to households by Jan. 12. If you are new to town or don’t receive a form, call the town clerk’s office at (978) 448-1100 or e-mail omaloney@townofgroton.org.

The town clerk’s office is required by law to generate the census. In addition to tracking the population growth in Groton, the census helps keep accurate records of the number of voters in town and prevent voter fraud.

The language and content of the census are mandated under Massachusetts General Law chapters 51:4-6 and 51:37.

If you’re not registered to vote, returning the census won’t automatically register you. Call the office for a voter registration form.

There are census drop-off boxes at Town Hall, the Senior Center and library. Forms can also be returned via mail in the self-addressed envelope provided with the form.

It’s also time to license your dog pursuant to Chapter 128 of the town code. The deadline to avoid a late fee is March 1. The cost of licensing a dog is $6 for a spayed or neutered dog and $10 for unaltered dogs. Residents 70 years old or older are exempt from the registration fee.

The town clerk’s office is open on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays to Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of each month from September to June from 9 a.m. to noon.

For information call the town clerk at (978) 448-1100 or e-mail omaloney@townofgroton.org.

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