Murfreesboro residents are reminded to ‘Be Counted’ as part of the 2020 Census, a civic duty vital to the community’s financial health and well-being.
Those who fail to respond online, by phone or mail by the end of July will be visited in-person by federal Census takers between Aug. 11 and Oct 31.
This year’s decennial U.S. census means tens of millions of dollars could be gained for public services such as schools, roads and health clinics for the next decade — if an accurate count is captured of the thousands of new residents that have moved into the community since 2010.
“We want residents to understand the importance of civic responsibility in completing the Census and the benefits to the community in which we live, work, and play,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “The 2020 Census is easy, safe and useful. The information shared remains confidential and the funding tied to our count is critical for providing the necessary level of services.”
Rutherford County could receive an estimated $1,100 annually in federal funds for each person counted, meaning a 2020 count showing a 20,000-person population increase would equate to an extra $22 million in federal funds each year.
“In these uncertain times, this federal funding will be critical to help our county and municipalities deal with ongoing issues such as traffic and infrastructure. But we need everyone’s help in making sure this city and county gets our fair share,” added McFarland.