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  • Promoting the 2020 Census

    May 14, 2019
    Promoting the 2020 Census 

    Two public workshops about the 2020 Census will be held at the City of Santa Maria’s Public Library, at 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29th and Wednesday, June 5th, in Shepard Hall. Spanish translation will be provided.

    The City is requesting assistance from residents, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community, and the news media, to ensure a complete count of every resident in the 2020 Census.

    The count directly helps determine how much State and Federal funding comes to the City, the County, schools, and to non-profit organizations. If Santa Maria is undercounted (if some people are not counted), then the community will not receive its fair share of funding for public services such as job training, emergency services, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and redistricting of elective districts.

    Much of the difficulty in achieving an accurate Census count lies with those persons who are hard to count - people who are unaware of the Census or refuse to be counted. To address that, the City also is facilitating what are called Complete Count Committee meetings.  These are free, basic workshops that invite community groups to learn about the Census.  These upcoming workshops will answer questions, remove the mystery, and then ask those individuals present to go back to their groups and spread the important message of being counted.

    To become involved, please contact Public Information Manager Mark van de Kamp at mvandekamp@cityofsantamaria.org or at (805) 925-0951 extension 2372.

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