Community Urged to Spread the Word to Make Sure Every Travis County Resident is Counted
State Senator Sarah Eckhardt and Mayor Steve Adler today launched a county-wide 10-Day Countdown focused on ensuring local communities complete the 2020 Census.
For the next ten days, the Austin-Travis County Complete Count Committee (CCC) will highlight different themes focusing on the many critical services the Census impacts. Starting today, local organizations and residents are encouraged to spread the word about the countdown, at which time a digital toolkit will be widely distributed.
- A flyer to raise awareness about the 10-day Census Countdown can be downloaded HERE.
- The digital toolkit for the Census Countdown can be downloaded HERE.
“Every Central Texan is directly impacted by funding decisions that are made based on the Census count,” said Senator Eckhardt. “If any residents are undercounted in 2020, every one of us will be negatively impacted for the next decade and beyond."
Senator Eckhardt and Mayor Adler are co-chairs of the Austin-Travis County CCC's campaign, the goal of which is to ensure that every Travis County resident is counted in the 2020 Census. The 10-Day Countdown is the culmination of months of outreach and organizing on the part of dozens of institutional and grassroots partners.
“Taking 10 minutes to fill out the Census ensures we get funding for critical community needs," said Mayor Adler. "It helps determine how much federal dollars we get in the next 10 years for schools, emergency services, road, parks and more. With this pandemic affecting us all, completing this year's Census is extremely important.”
Every 10 years, the federal government is constitutionally required to count every person - regardless of origin or status - who is living in the United States in order to provide an accurate count of all people in the country. The results of the Census are far-reaching and impacts federal funding for public schools, transportation dollars for roads and buses, reimbursement for healthcare programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, among other services. Census data also informs the way political districts are drawn for Congress, State House seats, and school board members.
For more information on the 2020 Census and how to take the questionnaire, residents can visit ATXCensus2020.com.