We are exactly one year out from the 2020 census, and Waco is getting a head start.
Monday afternoon, Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver announced the formation of a Complete County Committee or CCC, and the role it’s expected to play in motivating residents.
“The census 2020 tagline: “shape your future, start here” reminds us that when our community responds to the census we are helping to shape the future of Waco,” said Deaver.
Making sure you are accounted for is in the U.S. Constitution. Since 1790 the Census Bureau has counted everyone in the country every 10 years.
“The federal government distributes more than 675 billion dollars to states and communities based on census data, for each person not counted in the community, that community loses 1,578 dollars this year and every year for the next ten years per person not counted,” said Deaver.
That money is spent on our schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other necessary areas.
“So you can see that being able to get a quality count and being sure that everyone is counted is critical,” said Deaver.
That’s one of the reasons why the city needs you. Waco will be hiring almost 1,500 employees to help the committee count everyone.
“We need you to go out and apply for those jobs because 15 hundred jobs is a lot and we need as many people as possible to get our count accurate,” said Andrea Barefield, Waco City Council Member District 1.
Not only will an accurate count help Waco financially, the census also contributes to redistricting and representation.
“It determines how many representatives each state is given in congress. In 2010, Texas was the only state that gained four seats in the house of representatives,” said Deaver.
Recently, there’s been a lot of controversy over a proposed question about citizenship, Mayor Deaver thinks it isn’t something to worry about.
“The census bureau is prohibited by the constitution from sharing any indivial information about anyone to any other part of the government,” said Deaver.
For the first time in history, you’ll be able to respond to the census online, by phone or mail.
“It is important, but moreover its easy, it’s secure and it’s important,” said Barefield.
The committee members will officially be appointed during the April 16th City Council meeting.