Cindy Dwyer, partnership specialist for the Census Bureau, had a warning for the Carlisle Borough Council Wednesday.
The Census Bureau predicts that 4,545 people in Carlisle will not respond to the 2020 Census questionnaires, Dwyer said. For each person not counted, the borough could lose $2,093 in federal funding to which it would otherwise have been entitled had they been counted.
“We are anticipating over $9 million per year for the next 10 years that would be lost to the borough of Carlisle should folks not respond to the 2020 decennial,” she said.
In light of the potential loss of funding, Dwyer urged the borough to create a Complete Count Committee similar to that created by Gov. Tom Wolf at the state level. Dwyer will also ask the county to form a countywide committee to discuss strategy for the census.
The committee would work to reach out to the community to let them know that the census is coming, and that it is important and safe, Dwyer said.
“We have to live with these numbers for the next 10 years,” she said.
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Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the 2020 Census will be the 23rd such counting of the population, but it will be the first in which people can answer their census questionnaires online, Dwyer said. The traditional mail-in questionnaires and telephone interviews will also be available.
The Census Bureau is looking to hire 1,679 people for census operations between now and September 2020, said Cindy Dwyer, partnership specialist for the census. Wages range between $13 and $18 an hour with a mileage reimbursement of 58 cents per mile.
“We’re looking at folks who know the neighborhood, who know the residents, who know their neighbors to be census takers,” she said.
Census workers will begin canvassing the community this summer with the goal of verifying addresses. They will not knock on doors at this time, Dwyer said.
Census Day is on April 1, 2020.