Letter to the Editor

Respond to the census

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Please help shape the future of Dickinson County by responding to the 2020 census. Accurate and complete census data affects how much money we get from the federal and state governments for roads, bridges, firefighters, wildlife restoration, school lunch programs, senior housing assistance and over 100 other programs for the next 10 years.

Census workers have been in the county since Aug. 11, knocking on doors of persons in dwellings not yet recorded. They have a huge task, since Dickinson County ranks LAST (99th out of 99) in the state for responses. As of July 6, 2020, only 51.6% of all addresses had been documented. All 10 municipalities were well below their total response rates of 2010.

Seasonal residents, second home owners, and renters are all categories that need to file in Dickinson County, even though they may have filed somewhere else on or around April 1, 2020. If your second home is in Dickinson County, you would be reporting that "Yes-there is a home there, that zero people were residing in that home as of April 1, and choose the option that it was because this is a seasonal residence."

You have until Sept. 30 to self-respond. As of that date, ALL forms of reporting will stop. This is one month earlier than the original Oct. 31 deadline, so time is of the essence. Self- response eliminates the need for you to be contacted in person. If you have already been contacted in person, thank you for your cooperation.

Dickinson County Supervisors are partnering with agencies like the Voluntary Action Center and many others to get the word out about the census and the importance in funding for our county to have an accurate and complete count.

Please go to 2020census.gov or call toll free 1-844-330-2020. It takes 15 minutes or less. You do not need your original census mailing to respond.

Thank you.

Pam Jordan, Dickinson County Supervisor, District 5

Angela Kofoot, Executive Director, Voluntary Action Center