The Town of Plainville has announced the formation of a Complete Count Committee in preparation for the 2020 Census. It will be comprised of members of the Town Council and Board of Education, representatives from the senior center, the Plainville Public Library, the Plainville Community Food Pantry, YMCA, and Plainville Early Learning Center.
Each year the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services. Businesses use census data to help provide more local jobs and places to shop. Census data also determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
The U.S. Census Bureau stressed that the Census is safe. According to officials, “it is against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release responses in a way that could identify any person or household. Answers cannot be shared with any other government agency. Census data is strictly confidential.”
Being introduced for the first time in 2020, residents will be able to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. According to town officials the most common obstacle to self-responding to the 2020 Census will be households which have no computing device and no internet access. To improve residents’ ability to self-respond, the Complete Count Committee plans to establish temporary computer kiosks in key locations throughout town.
In preparation for the 2020 count, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. The pay rate for a Census taker is $21 per hour plus reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application.
The application includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience, and can be found by visiting 2020Census. www.gov/jobs.