Beginning March 12, 2020 you will receive an invitation in the mail to fill out the 2020 Census using your own Census ID. The ways to complete it, is as follows:
- Online-if you would like assistance with filling out the 2020 Census online, you can go the Coal City Library District and ask a staff person to assist you.
- The 2020 Census App on your mobile phone/device
- By Telephone
How long does it take to fill out? Approximately 10 minutes!!!
If you do not complete it by April 1, 2020 by any of the above formats, a paper copy of the 2020 Census will be mailed to your address for you to complete and it must be returned by April 30, 2020.
NOTE: If you do not submit by April 30, 2020, an in-person Census worker will visit your home in May and you can fill out the 2020 Census with the Census worker. Don’t want someone come knocking on your door? Complete and submit the 2020 Census as soon as possible when you receive it and return by April 30, 2020.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are SAFE, SECURE AND PROTECTED BY FEDERAL LAW. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way-not by the FBI, DHS or ICE. Census workers are federal employees who have taken an oath not to disclose any of your information, or else they face a penalty of 5 years in jail and $250,000 fine.
Did you know? Every 10 years, the federal government makes an individual one-by-one count of every person living in the U.S. This count is the bedrock upon which all the other structures of our representative form of government are built.
The Census is important. Why you ask?
- For each person in Illinois that goes uncounted, we lose about $1,500 per year in federal funding. Keep in mind that’s EVERY year for 10 years-until the next census. So that equals $15,000 in funding that we need for these services that we don’t get.
- The State of Illinois relies on the census for federal funding for programs like Medicare, Medicaid, student loans, crime victim assistance, highway funding, school lunches etc. Which is about $34 Billion per year!
- The Census also determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and your political representation at all levels of government
- And…every year we pay a lot of taxes, right? Our government takes those taxes and turns them into other things, like, schools, roads, hospitals, public safety..government funded programs-state and federal alike-in which the Census data is used to allocate funds.
BEING COUNTED DOES COUNT! MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY! WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU!
For more information regarding the Census, check out the 2020 Census website at: https://2020census.gov/en.html