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Supervisors Urge Participation In Census

COFFEEVILLE  – The number of Mississippians who have responded to the 2020 Census online, by mail or by phone is currently 54.1 percent, lagging behind the national rate of 58.6 percent and Yalobusha County Supervisors stressed the importance of participating during Monday’s recessed board meeting.

“What we would like for the general public to understand is how the census impacts our ability to get grant money and funds for our county, based on the size and need of our county,” Board President Cayce Washington explained. He explained that submitting accurate information will determine congressional representation, impact hundred of billions in federal funding every year and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. According to the state census website, for every adult and child counted in the state of Mississippi, $5,000 of tax-payer money is reallocated to the state, for a total of $17.5 billion annually.

USDA grants were cited as one example, as the amount of matching money the county is required to provide when awarded the federal grants is based on specific data for the county or municipalities in the county. 

Your 2020 Census form can be completed online, by phone or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit to fill it out online. 

Due to COVID-19, the extended deadline to complete the census is October 1.

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