(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The upcoming census numbers will determine how our county fiscally functions for the next 10 years, so it is extremely important that each resident is counted.
Each resident counted would equal $1,800 in Federal dollars coming into our community. These funds help pay for schools, road repairs and other public services (such as our emergency responders). The headcount will also determine how many congressional seats and electoral college votes Ohio gets–which could affect future elections. Census numbers also help businesses decide if our area is a good risk for their business. That means jobs for our county and its residents. Employment, schooling, public services, and Federal funding all help create the community in which we live.
If there is just a 5% margin of error (5% of our residents not being counted), our county would stand to lose $8,294,400.00 as 5% of our population would mean another 4,608 residents. That would be a huge loss to our county, because even if someone is not counted in the census, the county still provides services for those people (but isn’t provided the Federal funds to do so), so the budget that is based on a certain number of known people is stretched even further to cover those that were not counted.
Tuscarawas County JFS offers residents access to computers and phones in their lobby to complete the census and they are available for use Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call 1-800-354-7271 or access the Census website at https://respond.census.gov/acs. to complete your survey. The information provided for 2020 will not be released until the year 2092.
Please help Tuscarawas County get counted!