City issues proclamation for the 2020 census

Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez issued a proclamation that recognizes Sep. 22 as “Census Day” to stress the importance of the 2020 census and to urge citizens to take the minutes to complete it.

“I urge all of our citizens to please take 10 minutes or less to complete their census. The easiest way is to go online and let yourself be counted,” Mayor Mendez said on his Facebook page.  “There is no citizenship questions, no sensitive information and your responses will help determine representation, funding, education and public programming for the next 10 years in our community.”

The results of the census will be used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets, and to determine how more than $675 billion are spent to support state, county, and community programs, a press release by The City of Brownsville reads.

The proclamation also states an accurate census count is vital to our community and the residents’ well-being by providing a means to determine where to locate schools, daycare centers, roads and public transportation, hospitals, and other facilities.

“The City of Brownsville is committed to achieving an accurate and complete count of the nation’s growing and changing population,” the press release reads.

The deadline to complete the census is Sep. 30 and the City of Brownsville response rate is currently at 58%.