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Tulsa making an early push for residents to complete census

Posted at 12:25 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 13:25:47-04

TULSA — The City of Tulsa is encouraging residents a year ahead of time to prioritize the 2020 Census.

Mayor G.T. Bynum proclaimed a partnership between the 2020 Complete Count Census and the City of Tulsa.

He is making a push early to emphasize just how high the stakes are for the city.

The Community Service Council is leading the charge on the census in Tulsa. They created a website to answer questions about the upcoming headcount.

The Mayor said we are just shy of a million people in Tulsa and population is how many larger corporations are deciding where to locate. He pointed out that Amazon was looking for a city with a million or more people when deciding where to put its second headquarters.

Tricia Woodward with the 2020 Complete Count Census said each Oklahoman is $1.675 in federal funds. The money goes towards Medicaid, Medicare, highways, school lunch programs, and other crucial projects. Each person who is unaccounted for means less money for the state.

The number of Congressmen for each state is determined by how many people live there.

The Mayor assured the public that their information would only be used for statistics and would not be shared with police, the FBI or ICE.

"This is confidential and this is not used anywhere," Mayor Bynum said. "If you go on social media, you are conveying more personal information to people than you ever will through the census."

This will be the first time that the census can be filled out online.

Tulsa will be hiring workers to canvas homes and verify addresses.

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