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County Names ‘Complete Count Committee’ For Census

September 19th, 2019 Comments off

Potter County has established a formal “complete count committee” to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau and encourage participation in the 2020 Census. Committee members are Commissioner Paul Heimel, Human Services Administrator Jim Kockler, and Planning Department representatives Will Hunt and Deb Ostrom. As the county’s population continues to fall, local officials say it is important for everyone to complete the census survey when it is received. Census numbers have a direct impact on grants as well as government representation. Data are used to distribute funds for more than 50 programs, including education, transportation, health and human services, housing, criminal justice, employment services, agriculture, community infrastructure and environmental protection. For each uncounted citizen, a county will lose an estimated $20,000 in federal benefits during the decade.

The Potter County Planning Department has been working with township and borough officials to support an accurate result from the census. The county’s Emergency Management and Assessment offices are also involved in identifying new homes and verifying mailing addresses. Committee members report that there will be part-time job opportunities to conduct fieldwork and door-to-door assessments. Anyone interested in potential employment can find information as well as apply online at More information is also available by calling toll-free 1-855-562-2020, Census questionnaires have been reduced from 10 pages to 10 questions. Forms will be mailed to area residents in early 2020. Census-takers’ non-response follow-ups begin in May 2020. In this photo, a copy of the resolution creating Potter County’s Complete Count Committee is presented to Census Bureau representative Heather Conrad (second from left) by Commissioners Susan Kefover, Paul Heimel and Doug Morley.