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On April 1, 2020, United States residents will participate in a nationwide Census count which determines how the federal government distributes over $675 billion in funding to states and municipalities each year. The Census count is also responsible for determining how many representatives will be sent to Congress from each state.“The Census will give us an important statistical snapshot of our City, the State of New Jersey and the Country as a whole,” said Mayor John Moor, “The Complete Count Committee will play a vital role in ensuring the accuracy of the Census count, helping to make sure Asbury Park will receive appropriate funding for federal programs such as the Community Development Block Grant which provides much-needed services to our residents.”
“An inaccurate count of Asbury Park will lead to unequal representation for our citizens,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, “We are encouraging residents and community organizations to volunteer for the Complete Count Committee to help ensure Asbury Park receives equitable representation. New Jersey lost Congressional seats in past Census counts and currently has 12 congressional districts, the lowest number since 1933, limiting the state’s impact on federal decisions.”
“Taking the 2020 Census will be easy – on average, it should take no more than 10 minutes to answer – and residents will have the option of responding by mail, online or by phone,” said Councilperson Yvonne Clayton, “And, there’s no reason not to take the Census. Per the Supreme Court’s decision, there will be no question on the 2020 Census that asks for the respondent’s citizenship status. Plus, personal information collected by the Census Bureau can never be published, cannot be used in court, and cannot be used by any government agency outside of the Census Bureau.”For more information on the 2020 Census, visit www.2020census.gov.