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Posted on: October 22, 2019

City Council Forms Complete Count Committee - Sign Up to Volunteer by 11/4/19

CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF ASBURY PARK COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE
Volunteer Committee Charged with Encouraging Response to the 2020 Census in Asbury Park

10/22/19, Asbury Park, NJ – City Council has announced the formation of an Asbury Park Complete Count Committee to encourage community response to the 2020 Census. Volunteers, both individuals and Community-based organizations, are encouraged to join the committee which will provide education and outreach for the 2020 Census. Starting in mid-November, the committee will be charged with working with government agencies to ensure everyone in Asbury Park is counted, regardless of citizenship, race, creed or culture.

On April 1, 2020, United States residents will participate in a nationwide Census count which determines how the federal government distributes over $675 billion in funding to states and municipalities each year. The Census count is also responsible for determining how many representatives will be sent to Congress from each state.

“The Census will give us an important statistical snapshot of our City, the State of New Jersey and the Country as a whole,” said Mayor John Moor, “The Complete Count Committee will play a vital role in ensuring the accuracy of the Census count, helping to make sure Asbury Park will receive  appropriate funding for federal programs such as the Community Development Block Grant which provides much-needed services to our residents.”

“An inaccurate count of Asbury Park will lead to unequal representation for our citizens,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, “We are encouraging residents and community organizations to volunteer for the Complete Count Committee to help ensure Asbury Park receives equitable representation. New Jersey lost Congressional seats in past Census counts and currently has 12 congressional districts, the lowest number since 1933, limiting the state’s impact on federal decisions.”

“Taking the 2020 Census will be easy – on average, it should take no more than 10 minutes to answer – and residents will have the option of responding by mail, online or by phone,” said Councilperson Yvonne Clayton, “And, there’s no reason not to take the Census. Per the Supreme Court’s decision, there will be no question on the 2020 Census that asks for the respondent’s citizenship status. Plus, personal information collected by the Census Bureau can never be published, cannot be used in court, and cannot be used by any government agency outside of the Census Bureau.”

To serve on the Asbury Park Complete Count Committee, please contact City Manager Michael Capabianco by November 4, 2019 at michael.capabianco@cityofasburypark.com.

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit www.2020census.gov.

For more information on the City of Asbury Park, visit www.cityofasburypark.com.

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