HENRY COUNTY, GA- November 20, 2019—The Henry County Board of Commissioners received an update from Ifeolu Oyeleye, Partnership Specialist with U.S. Census Bureau regarding the 2020 Census at the November 19 Commission meeting.

In her presentation, Oueleye explained to the audience that the Census, which is conducted every ten years, is a procedure to acquire and record the population count of those living in the United States and encouraged Henry County citizens to participate. She noted that the Census is constitutionally mandated and it determines federal, state and county funding, the reapportionment of Congress and how much funding goes to federal programs.

“Congress apportions almost $700 billion from the federal government and it trickles down to the state, county and city levels,” said Oueleye. “We want to make sure that Henry County receives every dime that it is due. We want to make sure that we are on track to count everyone so that what’s due us in terms of representation is given to us.”

Oueleye further mentioned that for the first time individuals may fill out the Census online, as well as mail in questionnaires or conduct the Census in person. 

She said that Census Day is April 1, however citizens can begin responding in mid-March and the Census count will conclude in June.

For more information on the Census, visit census.gov.