Beginning this month (March 2020), every household in Broome County will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census. Throughout March and April, households that have not responded will receive reminders in the mail until their Census form has been completed. Eventually, the Census will have in-person follow ups with households that have not completed their Census form. We cannot stress enough how important it is to respond to the Census.
We’ve been putting public service announcements in our newsletter, Town Talk, over the last couple of editions, but if you’ve missed them, here are some reasons why the Census is important:
- The Census results are used to determine how many representatives each state has in Congress and are used to inform the redrawing of congressional district boundaries.
- It’s your civic duty! It is in the Constitution that everyone must be counted.
- Census data is used to distribute $675 billion in federal funds annually to states, counties, and local communities.
The Census is used:
- To determine funding for public services in our community.
- To determine where to build new infrastructure and community facilities.
- To determine where to open new companies, businesses, and stores.
- To write grant applications for community projects.
- To plan for emergency services.
Federal law protects your Census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics and cannot be shared or be used to identify you or your household. Answering the Census is the law, and it’s very important to our community. Please complete it accurately.
If you’re interested in working for the Census, there are temporary, part-time and full-time positions available. Hourly wage is $20 an hour for Enumerator/Lister. Hourly wage is $22 an hour for Supervisors. Mileage is reimbursed at $.57 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. The website to apply is: 2020census.gov/jobs