You, the great people of Erie County, are our strongest asset. If I have learned anything in my six-plus years of being your County Executive, it is the importance of identifying and then maximizing our strengths, our assets.
You matter. You count.
So we are counting on you and everyone you know to participate in the 2020 Census. All information can be found at 2020Census.gov.
A complete an accurate count in the 2020 Census is crucial to Erie County’s future. Census Day was April 1, and we are partnering with Mayor Joseph Schember and his administration to call upon everyone to participate and to encourage your neighbors, your family and your coworkers to be motivated to respond to the census.
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, the new deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is 6 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.
An under-count will result in a decrease in our community revenue, resources and representation in Congress. We just cannot afford that scenario.
Every person not counted results in the loss of approximately $2,100 in funding to Erie County every year for the next 10 years.
These programs include Medicare, Medicaid, school programs, housing assistance and community development block grant funding.
The census also provides essential data used in planning for businesses and community development projects such as roads, schools, hospitals and parks.
An accurate count of our residents means that we receive our fair share of those public dollars.
I hope you will not just be a spectator, but you will become an active participant in our region’s efforts to create a vibrant, healthy and prosperous community.
Census Questions You’ll Be Asked
According to the U.S. Census Bureau: You will be asked the same questions for additional people living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020. Personal privacy is protected both by the oath that all census staff take and by the “72-Year-Rule”: The government is not allowed to release personal data on individuals for 72 years.
Here is a sample of the questions that will be asked on the census, as well as some important facts, provided by the City of Erie: