Bureau: It’s more important than ever to be counted
The devastating economic impact COVID-19 will inflict on Grand County’s tourism economy makes it more important than ever for residents to complete the 2020 U.S. Census, officials say. The Census Bureau mailed out roughly 140 million invitations to do so between March 12 and March 20.
Only a handful of nonintrusive questions are asked and it takes only a minute or two for those who choose to do so online at www.census.gov.
While businesses and hospitality workers will undoubtedly suffer, local governments in Grand County that are already cash-starved will see a perilous decline in sales and transient room taxes, officials say.
Other Utah communities will be likewise affected. Census figures are used to direct about $5 billion in federal grant funds that will come back to Utah. The state then disburses those funds to communities based on road miles or points of sale, 50%, and 50% of population numbers. Census figures also are used for political redistricting and other important issues. It is mandatory to fill out the census.