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I would like to take a few minutes to address the importance of responding to Census 2020. Now more than ever it is critical that everyone complete the 2020 Census.
The 10 minutes it takes to complete your response will affect the next 10 years. Federal funding levels cannot be changed again until 2030, and in the midst of this public health crisis we need to do everything we can to secure the dollars for our region.
Disaster recovery depends on accurate Census data. More than $675 billion are distributed nationwide each year based on Census data. Census-guided federal funding distributed to New York State in fiscal year 2017 equaled 122 billion dollars. These dollars go directly towards programs we depend on, and that the current public health crisis has magnified.
The Census drives federal funding for hospitals, disaster recovery, infrastructure such as roads, schools, health insurance, housing and nutrition support.
The Census is also about fair representation. It determines how many representatives each state has in Washington. Last decennial Census New York State lost 2 seats in the House of Representatives. If New York is undercounted by .6% in 2020, we could lose another 2 seats.
Completing the Census online or by phone is safe and secure. If you complete your Census online, by phone or by mail today, you will not be visited in person by a Census Bureau employee for an in-person interview. Door-to-door operations have already begun.
Here are the 3 ways you can respond:
• Online at: www.my2020Census.gov
• Call Toll Free 844-330-2020
• Mail your Census Response
For more information about how your information is protected visit www.2020census.gov - Respond to the Census today and help create Washington County’s bright, resilient tomorrow!
Samuel J. Hall, Chairman
Washington County Board of Supervisors