Federal judge rules for census — We have one more month to stake claim to funds that belong in the Mountain Communities

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The deadline is now Oct. 31

If 9,000 people live in the Mountain Communities and only 5,000 of them are counted, we would lose $40 million and political clout that is rightfully ours.

By Marcy Axness, TME

The Frazier Mountain Community is lagging far behind California in our census participation rate. As of Tuesday, only about 45 percent of our residents had responded to the census, compared to 69 percent response statewide.

For each person not counted in the census, our region loses about $2,000 per year—which adds up to a loss of $20,000 over the ten-year period before the next census. Like many rural regions, the Frazier Mountain Community was undercounted in the 2010 census, and as a result…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Local community members gathered at Frazier Park Library to learn about Census 2020 last March (pre-covid) included (l-r) Michelle Walker and B.J. Saidi of Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce; Josh Foster from Supervisor Zack Scrivner’s office; Tammy Rowan of Mountain Communities Family Resource Center; and former Frazier Mountain Library Branch Supervisor Sue Templeton.

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This is part of the October 2, 2020 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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