Census offers questionnaire assistance at library


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



LIMA — U.S. Census Bureau staff will be available at the Lima Public Library, Thursday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help individuals fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire before the end of September deadline.

At the event, census workers will be on hand with tablets and other digital devices to help residents visiting the library fill out the simple form that provides demographic info to the federal census bureau.

Currently, 69.1% of Allen County residents have responded to the 2020 Census

Required by the Constitution, the decennial data-gathering effort provides a wealth of demographic info that affects federal funding formulas, policy decisions, site selection by private businesses and grant programs. Those areas without accurate counts are often underfunded, losing out on millions of dollars in state and federal aid.

The Lima Allen County 2020 Census Complete County Committee is aiming for an 80% response rate to ensure that doesn’t happen.

To increase the response rate, the Census is conducting its final operations to contact hard-to-reach households in the area. In addition to Thursday’s MQA program at the library, census workers have also been knocking on doors starting last week to help residents fill out the questionnaire. Such workers can be identified with an IDA badge that includes their name, photograph and a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, an official-census issued bag and tablet.

Residents can also fill out the census online at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.

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By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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