We strongly encourage the residents of the Township of Scotch Plains to complete their 2020 Census questionnaires next year. Mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Census is a civic activity, which requires a count of our population to be taken every ten years.
The importance of a complete and accurate 2020 Census cannot be overstated. Its results help decide how more than $675 billion in federal funds are dispersed across the country on services ranging from roads, infrastructure, schools, libraries, and emergency services.
Census results will also determine the number of Congressional districts that New Jersey is allotted (which also effects our total Electoral Vote for President) and will also be used to draw state legislative district lines. Failing to achieve a complete count of Township residents could result in critical funds being denied to our community for each person not counted.
In 2010, Scotch Plains had an 87 percent response rate. While this is an excellent response rate, we are committed to obtaining a complete and accurate count in 2020. That 13 percent low non-response rate could mean the difference between more or less funding for our community.
Questionnaires will be mailed out starting on March 12, 2020. For the first time, households will be able to respond to the 2020 Census through paper, over the phone, online, or personal visit by a Census employee. Please complete the Census questionnaire through your preferred method as soon as you receive it.
On April 1, 2020, a Census Day will be held at the Scotch Plains Public Library from 9:00am to 8:00pm to assist residents with the Census.
We want to remind our residents that answers to Census questionnaires are completely confidential and sharing or revealing answers on questionnaires is punishable by federal law. Make sure everyone in your household is counted. Parents, Children, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Cousins, Roommates, — basically anyone living with you at the time you receive your Census questionnaire — are all considered members of your household.
For more information about the 2020 Census, please visit www.census.gov. If you would like to speak with someone in Scotch Plains Town Hall regarding the Census, please contact Tom Strowe at (908) 322-6700 ext 317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, the U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire 64,000 people in the state of New Jersey for a variety of positions.
There are several different positions available with flexible hours. Salaries in Union County start at $21.00 per hour. You are paid for training as well. If you are interested, please visit www.2020Census.gov/jobs.
Thank you in advance and please help spread the word to ensure we get a complete and accurate Census Count in 2020!
Mayor & Township Council
Al Smith, Mayor
Josh Losardo, Deputy Mayor
Ted Spera, Councilman
Elizabeth Stamler, Councilwoman
Roshan “Roc” White, Councilman
Complete Count Committee
Al Smith (Mayor/Chairman)
Tom Strowe (Township Census Coordinator)
Roc White (Council Liaison)
Joan Mast/Debbie Saridaki (Public Schools)
Michelle Willis (Library)
Lisa Mohn (Business Leader)
Shawn Wallace (Faith-Based Leader)
Kim Decker (YMCA/Organization Leader) Mike Goldstein (JCC/Organization Leader)
Click here or on the graphic above to view the Powerpoint presentation of the 2020 Information Session and Town Hall at St. John’s Baptist Church (2387 Morse Ave).
The event was organized by the Scotch Plains Census Complete Count Committee and helped prepare residents in advance of receiving their census questionnaires in mid to late March. The information session and Town Hall meeting provided residents with critical information about the importance of the 2020 Census.
For those who are interested in watching the event, it is available on YouTube.