Every ten years, the United States conducts a census to count every man, woman and child living in the country. This year the census is critically important, but projections estimate that up to 2% of Georgians will not be counted. The reasons are many; fear of the way the information will be used, skepticism of the process, or even just a lack of knowledge that it’s being conducted.
For small communities like Mitchell County and other rural places, getting an accurate count of the people living here is important to ensure that we have access to the nearly $700 Billions in federal funding that are allocated based on population counts.
Those funds go towards pre-k programs for our children, pre-natal care for our mothers, medicaid for our seniors and countless other programs. If you aren’t counted, we can’t ask for funding for every citizen who calls Mitchell County home.
To make sure that we get as accurate a count as possible, the City of Camilla and Mitchell County have formed the “Complete Count Committee.” This committee will inform citizens of the importance of the census, answer questions and make sure they know how important it is that they be counted.
Watch our Facebook page for information on meetings and volunteer opportunities with the committee and GET COUNTED!