Everyone needs to fill out Census 2020
There is no question that Milam County is growing.
If you live in any of the cities of the county, you know there is a housing shortage. If you live in the country, you know that houses are cropping up all around. That is because new people are moving to the County as fast as they can get here. It is imperative that we record our new growth by accurately completing the upcoming census report to ensure that Milam County gets its fair share of federal tax dollars and is fairly represented in the upcoming congressional redistricting.
The census is done once every ten years and this year everyone will get a census notification by mail on or about March 12, 2020. The notice will contain a census identification number, which is to be used to complete the short ten question online form, which asks your name, age, address, ethnicity, etc.
The form also asks for the names and ages of those living in the same household, such as children. It will take a very short time to complete the simplified form and it is critical that we all complete it accurately. If one does not complete the online form, the Census Bureau will mail a form and if the mailed form is not completed, a person from the Bureau will come to your house.
We know that Milam County underreported in the last census and that hurt with respect to the amount of federal tax dollars we received over the last ten years, so please complete the census.
In 2010 we recorded about 25,000 people living in Milam County, but it is undoubtably higher now. As of Jan. 1, 2020, it is estimated that 330 million people live in the U.S.A. and about 30 million live in Texas. No doubt the number for Milam County will be higher due to our central location. It is estimated that even a one percent underreporting for our neighboring Travis County could cost as much as $25 million in federal tax dollars.
Texas stands to gain three or four new Congressional seats in the upcoming redistricting. While for the first time in history California stands to lose a seat. Illinois, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New York and Michigan also stand to lose Congressional seats. Finally, our county precinct lines will probably be redrawn, which will change the precinct size and may even change your commissioner.
Make no mistake, there is a lot on the line for us in Milam County in this upcoming census. Please accurately report in a timely manner. Let’s get the money and representation we deserve!