BURTON — City Councilman Vaughn Smith said as of May 18 the city’s response to the U.S. Census is approaching what it was for the entire 2010 Census and he’s urging a push to get many more responses by July 31.
Smith told the Burton City Council at its May 18 meeting that 71.1 percent of residents in the city have responded to the Census. During the 2010 Census, 74.2 percent of residents had responded by the end of Census-taking on July 31.
“We have all June and July to pick up that 3.1 percent,” said Smith. “We’re doing well.”
Council President Steve Heffner said the city has been giving away frisbees and stickers marked with information to keep people actively participating in the Census.
“Hopefully this will help give us a boost with the Census,” he said. “Now’s the time get it in gear and work hard with the Census. Now is not the time to quit, but we should work even harder and hopefully keep up the momentum.”
In the 2010 Census, Burton was recorded as having 29,999 residents; and just one more person would have resulted in tens of millions of dollars of federal and state funding over the next 10 years.
The Census is critical in capturing as much federal money as possible for communities to use toward roads, schools and seniors.
The city has been urging residents to take part in the 2020 Census, reminding people who may be apprehensive about providing information to the government that no law enforcement agency, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other agency can access or use resident’s personal information from the data collected.
Burton residents who still want to take part in the Census can learn more by calling Smith at 810-516-9614.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this is the first-year residents will be able to participate via phone and online as well as by mail or in person.