STATEHOUSE (July 24, 2020) – According to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus), 2020 Census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.
Door-to-door visits are beginning in some areas around the country to remind residents to complete their 2020 Census forms. Lauer said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.
"Data from the census will help shape our community as it determines funding for education, public safety and health care," Lauer said. "Each household's response will impact our access to these essential resources. If you have not completed your census form, please do so sooner rather than later."
Lauer encourages residents to visit 2020census.gov to fill out the census online. Hoosiers can also call 844-330-2020 or mail back the questionnaire sent to households.
Lauer said the census office is still waiting to hear from approximately 32% of households in Bartholomew County.
Census workers will take appropriate precautions and follow local public health guidelines when they visit households. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing, and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
According to Lauer, billions of dollars in federal funding to support education, housing, health and public safety are on the line as this data impacts strategic planning decisions about statewide job training, locations of new businesses and public transportation projects.
Self-responses are due by Oct. 31, 2020.
State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,
which includes portions of Bartholomew County.
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