WESTFIELD, NJ — Getting counted in the 2020 Census can have many benefits for the public and key among them, this town’s mayor said, is the possibility of another liquor license.

“If we can get another 3,000 [people counted] we get another liquor license for our town,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle at Tuesday's council session. “So that is one more reason to get counted.”

Indeed, the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Licensing Bureau’s law stipulates that 3,000 people are needed to support an additional plenary retail consumption license. Of course, that’s hardly the only reason to be counted in the Census.

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The Town of Westfield has established a page on its website detailing why it is important to be counted in the Census Bureau’s 2020 count set to happen starting this March and leading up to Census Day on April 1. These are among the reasons to get counted in census, the town says:

  • Census counts help determine apportionment of federal funding for vital programs.
  • The figures are used to redraw congressional and state legislative districts.
  • You are legally required to respond to the Census.
  • Responding early in the process saves taxpayers’ money.

Town Administrator Jim Gildea said he will be reminding the public at each council meeting leading up to Census Day of the count. Gildea said the municipality could set up workshops at the Municipal Building for the public to fill out census forms.

“Westfield, historically, has had very good counts for the Census,” Gildea said.

For more information on the Census and Westfield, visit www.westfieldnj.gov/census2020.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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