Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is urging everyone in her assembly district to participate in the national census. Yes, it’s that time again when the United States government takes a census of the entire country’s population. The short 10 question form, which will be mailed to every resident in the United States in March, must be filled out and mailed back no later than April 1st. Anyone who fails to mail in their census form can expect a phone call or personal visit from a census-taker.
Everyone’s participation is vital to each individual community’s future. The results of the national census determine how the federal government allocates over $400 billion each year. This is money local communities depend on for the funding of schools, hospitals, roadways, police and fire departments and more.
Assemblywoman Galef reports, “Approximately $2,700 follows every person counted each year which is used to fund local schools, hospitals, and many other services our residents depend upon. That amounts to $27,000 per person over the life of the census, which is a lot of money. Without everyone’s participation in filling out the census forms, our local economy would suffer, and we would not receive the crucial funding we need for healthcare, daycare, job training, senior services and so much more.” Galef further states. “These federal funds help us to reduce local property taxes while still maintaining the high quality of services we have come to expect.”
The census data is also used to help determine both federal and state representation in government. An accurate headcount ensures that each person is represented in both Washington and Albany and that each gets the attention he or she deserve. It takes ten minutes of time for ten years of reward.
For those who are worried about their privacy and distribution of their private information, the Census Bureau maintains the strictest of privacy policies. According to federal law, the Census Bureau may not share any information it gathers from any individual with any other department, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or any other government agency for a minimum of 72 years after the census is taken.
“With nothing to lose and everything to gain there is no good reason not to participate in our national census. Fill out your form and send it in today” said Galef. “For more information on the 2010 Census, call my office at 914-941-1111 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”