Census data is used for a variety of purposes – among them distribution of more than $675 billion annually in federal funding to state and local governments, drawing federal and state legislative districts, forecasting future transportation needs and determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.
In 2010, the response rate among Cobb residents was around 78 percent.
That meant the 22 percent, who did not submit a completed Census questionnaire, resulted in the loss of $250 million in federal funds that would have been apportioned to Cobb, Guinn said.
In November 2018, the Cobb commissioners authorized the formation of a Complete Count Committee to bring together community leaders to influence every Cobb resident to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire.
To date, Cobb staff members have used their existing operating budget to cover the design and production of promotional and materials regarding the Census.
Also, the Cobb Collaborative used funds from a $10,000 grant to produce promotional materials that were used at multiple events over the past several months and now are depleted.