Sunday, May 5, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins is urging residents to attend a meeting to learn about the importance of their involvement in the 2020 U.S. Census.
A representative from the federal Census Bureau will make a presentation about the Census to the Maywood Board of Trustees on May 6, 6 p.m., at the Council Chamber, 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. The meeting is open to the public.
“Come out and learn more about the importance of a complete and accurate census count for the village of Maywood,” said Perkins.
The following excerpt of an article published by the Argus Leader captures the importance of the Census:
“An undercounted population can affect both state and local government funding and affect the Census Bureau’s population estimates in the interim years between censuses, Zhang said.
“The Census Bureau found that fewer than half of people surveyed nationwide last year were aware that federal funding is connected to the census. Missing residents in the census can have “a big impact” in the state, especially children who rely on federal assistance programs, because that undercount continues in the state’s funding for a decade until the next census, Zhang said.
“If South Dakota’s population was undercounted by 1 percent in the 2010 census, the state would have lost out on $9.6 million annually in five federal medical assistance programs, according to the GW Institute of Public Policy.
“You go, ‘So what, I didn’t get counted.’ If you didn’t get counted, we lost $1,200 that year, but it’s over 10 years,’ Schmidt said. ‘We could have gotten $1,200 that year for school lunch programs, for housing programs, for mental assistance, for student loans. It adds up.'” VFP
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