Brentwood Mayor and Commissioners Highlight 2020 US Census Importance
Every 10 years since 1790, the United States has undertaken the momentous task of counting its population. April 1, 2020 is the official deadline for residents to submit their Census 2020 form. At the Tuesday, January 14, 2020 regular Brentwood City Commission meeting, Mayor Rhea Little proclaimed the importance of participating in the US Census. In the proclamation, Mayor Little said, “we encourage a united voice from businesses, government, educators, media and others to allow the 2020 Census message to reach a broader audience. I join with the Board of Commissioners and encourage the citizens of Brentwood to participate in events and initiatives that will raise awareness for the 2020 United States Census.”
Nearly $900 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities based on census data. This data also determines how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as any needed redistricting of state legislators, city and county commissions. Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson signed a proclamation into effect in July 2019 and implemented a Williamson County Complete Count Committee led by Joe Horne, Williamson County’s Community Development Director, in an effect to increase the 2020 US Census participation. “Williamson County had an 82% mail participation rate in 2010, but we are committed to increasing participation this year to as close as 100% as possible,” Horne said.
New in 2020, in addition to traditional mail, citizens will have the option to respond to the Census by internet or phone. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.
All Brentwood residents are invited to participate and #MakeBrentwoodCount.