There is still time but hurry! If you haven’t completed & returned your Census forms, please do so as soon as possible. If you have lost or misplaced your Census form or if you never received a Census form, please contact 1-866-872-6868 or you can stop by the M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, Monday -Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a Census Representative there to help assist in filling out these forms & also has additional Census forms available.
On Monday, April 5th, the City of Mason had a Census return rate of 49% with the County of Mason at only 42%. It is important to get these percentages up to help our community! You ask, "How can this help our community?" Here’s how: Mason County citizens will be beneficiaries of the data gathered. It is so important; because over $400 billion of taxpayers’ money is allocated by the federal government back to the states, based upon census count. The allocation of our money is important for our schools, cities, towns, counties, state, and for grants. Funding assistance for our emergency services, our roads & highways, nursing home facilities, clinics & hospitals, child care, etc. are just a few examples of how the Census counts affect our community. The 435 members of the U. S. House of Representatives are apportioned based upon reported population. Texas currently has 32 seats, the second highest, and could gain 2 – 4 seats, if everyone is counted. So, everyone needs to do their part!