In a release to the media, the Mayor explained that if just 5 people in each of the 23 counties are missed in the census count, Wyoming would lose $173K annually or $1.7 million in a decade.
The census is done every 10 years and is mandated by the US Government.
The following is the full press release from Mayor Shane Schrader:
Census time is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every 10 years as mandated by the U.S. Congress a census must be taken. Who gets counted? Anyone born on or before April 1st 2020 needs to be counted. Why is this important to us? In a study done by the George Washington University in 2017, $881 million dollars was sent back to the state of Wyoming, that equates out to $1,504.00 per person available in federal funding. This includes Medicare, Medicade, Highways and Planning, School Lunch programs, funds for Healthcare and educational programs, well the list goes on. If only 5 people from each county in Wyoming are undercounted that’s $172,960.00 a year lost annually; take that times 10 yrs that’s 1.7 million dollars lost in federal funds until the next Census in 2030.
A much more accurate count is done when residents of Buffalo self-report on the form sent out. This year for the first time this can also be completed via internet and by phone.
If self reporting is not completed, then trained individuals will canvas the city and go door to door to gather as much correct information as possible.
The next step in the process will be to set up a Complete Count Committee. This committee will help set up and oversee the process and the census office will set up an in person training lasting approximately 2 hrs.
If you want to participate and be a member of the Complete Count Committee to ensure that a correct count is completed and all available dollars are brought back home, please contact the Mayors office at firstname.lastname@example.org, in person, or call 307-684-5566
Shane J. Schrader
Mayor City of Buffalo
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