CREEDE- During the midmonth meeting of the Mineral County Commissioners, board members approved the 2020 Census Proclamation. According to Mineral County Administrator Janelle Kukuk, the proclamation marks the beginning of the 2020 Census for Mineral County and the county will be helping people fill it out in every way they can.
The proclamation states, “Whereas, April 1, 2020, is Census Day for the United States of America pursuant to Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and Whereas, an accurate census is required for the proper allocation of representative within the legislative bodies of the U.S. House of Representatives and Colorado State Legislature and is used in the redistricting of the state and county voting district.”
The data collected from the census is used to properly allocate the funding for federal dollars that are used in programs such as child care, health, education, transportation elder care, emergency preparation and response as well as public and social support programs. These programs are reliant on the complete and accurate age, population and other ethnic and demographic information which is gathered every 10 years.
The proclamation continues to state, “Mineral County includes a portion of the Colorado State population deemed hard-to-count including the very young, senior citizens, rural and off-grid housing units and seasonal residents, all of which make a fair and accurate count more challenging, which requires deliberate engagement for a high self-response rate and an accurate census.”
In order to help residents of Mineral County be a part of the 2020 Census, the county will be hosting a help center on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 16 and will run through April 15. “Anyone who needs help filling out the census, or does not have access to internet service, can come in and there will be help available. The help center will be open on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8 a.m. until noon,” said Kukuk.
In addition to the help center, the county will also be sending out postcards with information about the census and instructions on how to get it completed. According to Kukuk the postcards will be arriving sometime this week and will be mailed possibly as soon as next week.
Census workers with the state will also be going door to door to drop off census packets at homes. For more information please visit www.2020census.gov.