By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
It’s time for Yukon residents to be counted!
In less than 15 minutes, people can help ensure their community receives funds for needed programs and services.
Yukon city leaders encourage citizens to fill out the 2020 Census by mail, phone or online. It takes less than 15 minutes and an accurate count is critical, according to Yukon City Council Member Shelli Selby.
“The results of the census are so very important to our community,” said Selby, the Ward 2 city council member. “It determines the amount of federal dollars we get for our schools, streets, our police and fire, and the list goes on.”
The census is a survey taken every 10 years to get an overall look at communities across the United States and how to better serve them. The census is used by lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others to help determine funding, congressional representation and more.
Information that Yukon residents provide for the census will not be shared – not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, not ICE or any other government agency.
“It is not an invasion of privacy but a way to help our community become stronger and be represented better,” Selby said.
Every person counted could mean up to $1,675 per year per person for the community’s funding over the next 10 years.
Results of the census are used to determine how many legislators Yukon will have at the State Capitol and how many representatives Oklahoma will have in the U.S. Congress.
Completing the census is more than a civic duty. It is the law. The U.S. Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years.
The goal of the 2020 Census is to count every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time the country has counted its population since 1790.
Learn more at: OKLetsCount.org