The city of Toledo is concerned about census data
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – As noted, census data for the city of Toledo shows the population has declined by more than 5%, but city officials are now seeking to dispute the results.
“Census data is so important to cities across America. Basically, this impacts your federal funding for the next decade, so getting an accurate count is very important,” says Ignazio Messina, communications director for the city of Toledo.
“There’s a reasonable argument to be made given the pandemic and everything that’s happened with the census over the count to meet this challenge next year.”
According to the Toledo Lucas County Census, the pandemic has impacted how the census was conducted.
“All businesses had to close, including the US Census Bureau. We had to find creative ways to get the message across,” says Deborah Barnett, Toledo Lucas County Comprehensive Census Coordinator.
“There were going to be challenges without the pandemic. One of the subcommittees was the Hard-To-Count subcommittee. We had to come up with really different strategies and reach out to different segments of the community…Because there’s a lack of trust in government. When you say the US census and it gets information mailed to your doorstep, some people really think it’s going to be used against them and not for them.
The Census Bureau says that after releasing census results, it further checks the data and compares it to other ways of measuring population.
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