The census is used to draw congressional district lines, and analyses show that a significant under-count can cost our local government several million dollars each year in federal funds that are collected and redistributed to communities. Over the 10-year span until the next census is conducted, tens of millions of dollars are at stake that could be used to improve our communities.
The 2020 census began taking responses in mid-March, but there is still time to complete your census now. For the first time in census history, people may submit their forms electronically by visiting 2020census.gov.
The 2020 census is important for you and your community. In addition to determining the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, the information collected will determine how federal and state funding is distributed to Tennessee and to the local governments of the city of Kingsport and Sullivan County.
Be sure to count your entire family when you submit your response to the 2020 census. Young children are often left off census counts but should always be included. The census counts everyone where they reside on Census Day, April 1. The census only takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and you only need to respond once for your entire household. Your responses remain confidential and safely protected.
For more information about the 2020 census, please visit countallneighbors.com or 2020census.gov today.
Please be among those counted!
Jeanette D. Blazier is a former city of Kingsport mayor.