SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains will host a 2020 Census information session and town hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Baptist Church (2387 Morse Ave., Scotch Plains).

The event is being organized and run by the Scotch Plains Census Complete Count Committee. The event will help prepare residents in advance of receiving their census questionnaires in mid to late March. Everyone from the public is invited to attend.

This information session and town hall meeting will provide residents with critical information about the importance of the 2020 Census. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions to members of the Scotch Plains Complete Count Committee and U.S. Census Bureau staff.

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“Getting a complete count of Scotch Plains residents in 2020 is a must,” said Mayor Al Smith, Chairman of the Census Complete Count Committee. “In 2010, Scotch Plains had an 87 percent response rate. While this is an excellent response rate, that 13 percent non-response rate could mean the difference between more or less funding for Scotch Plains. We need a complete count.”

“Completing the Census is part of your civic duty and all residents should complete their census questionnaires when they receive them,” said Councilman Roc White, Township Council Liaison to the Census Complete Count Committee. “Census results will determine our Congressional and State Legislative representation as well as the distribution of key funds to our community on services ranging from roads, infrastructure, schools, libraries, and emergency services. Failure to complete your census could deny us critical resources.”  

“St. John’s Baptist Church is honored to host this very important Town Hall meeting,” said Rev. Shawn Wallace, a member of the Scotch Plains Census Complete Count Committee. “I strongly encourage my parishioners and welcome all members of the public to come to St. John’s Baptist Church to learn about the importance of the Census.”  

For more info about the 2020 Census visit, https://2020census.gov/ or https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/2020-census or contact Tom Strowe, Township Census Coordinator, at (908) 322-6700 x317, or tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com.

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