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Every citizen in the United States is constitutionally required to respond to a Census count every ten years. This year we will be participating in the 2020 Census. What does the Census do other than provide a count of individuals in our country?
The Census is the primary tool used for the distribution of funding and representation in Congress. Higher counts result in more funding and a potentially higher number of representatives in Congress. Lower numbers result in less funding and a potentially lower number of representatives in Congress.
What else does the Census influence? To name a few: Distribution of $675 billion in federal and state funds, planning for future transportation needs, funding for the appropriate number of people after a natural disaster, planning for hospitals, planning for public schools, funding and planning for housing assistance programs. There are too many other things to name here.
We need every resident to respond to the Census when you receive your postcard in the mail on or after March 10. Count every person, child (even infants!), and guest who will be residing in your home on April 1, 2020. Do your part to influence the future of our community and provide the best count possible for future funding opportunities for the services we enjoy in our community.
The best part? Responding to the Census is easy to do. For the first time ever, The Census can be done online via computer, smart phone, telephone, or by mail – an option for everyone.