Assembly looks to begin census process

Resolution supporting 2020 census efforts on borough’s agenda

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is already gearing up for the 2020 decennial census efforts. A resolution to support the 2020 census will be introduced at Tuesday’s assembly meeting.

In a Jan. 24 memo to the assembly, Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce and Assembly President Wayne Ogle write the resolution is intended to help begin the process of bringing the upcoming census to the attention of borough residents and encourage participation.

“The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up and reaching out to communities all over the country to motivate and encourage people to participate in the census,” the memo said.

Tim Dillon, director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, has offered to help the borough spearhead efforts in promoting participation in the census, according to the resolution.

Results from census data can influence the number of seats each state is allowed in the U.S. House of Representatives and district boundaries for the Alaska State Legislature, the borough assembly, city councils, school board and voting districts across the state. Date from the census is also used to determine funding for health care, community development, housing education, transportation, social services, employment and other programs.

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