Want to do something for your community that won’t take such effort and won’t cost much?

Make sure you respond to the 2020 census questionnaire.

The census numbers are used by people in many different ways. The numbers help to determine how much money comes to local counties, cities, and other units of local government. The funds may come from the state or federal governments, or some other kind of funding agency. But most of the money agencies receive is determined by the number of people living in each governmental unit.. So the more people counted locally, the more money we will get.

The more people we can show are living in southern Illinois, the more money we will get for roads, bridges, emergency preparedness, housing, meal programs, and the list goes on and on.

Most people here have already responded to census questionnaires and have done all they need to do. Surprisingly, 30 to 40% have not. Maybe it’s because of the COVID19 virus, or maybe it’s because people now have less confidence in giving the government any information, but the number of people not responding to the census is much higher than in past years.

You are required by law to respond to the national census. I have never heard of anyone being punished for not doing their duty by responding, but if you have not taken any action on the census, it is a violation of federal law.

This census is not like income tax forms with their crazy convoluted way of asking questions. The census is very basic. It only asks a few questions.

So if you have not in any way responded to the census questionnaire, you have several options. You can use a computer or cell phone and go to my2020census.gov. Or, if you don’t want to deal with modern devices, call 844-330-2020.

If you still have any questions, you can call the Southern Seven Health Department at 618-634-2297. Personnel there will help make sure you get counted.

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