CHENANGO COUNTY – Results are in for the census, and officials are saying Chenango County is less represented then the census in 2010.
According to Chenango County Planning Department Director Shane Butler, this year’s census had about 57.7 percent response rate compared to a response rate of 58.1 in 2010.
Butler said the slightly reduced response was likely in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We had hoped that it would have been more, but given the circumstances of not being able to go to any community events, and the nature of how everything rolled out this time it's not unexpected,” said Butler. “The reason we go through all of this is because the census is about our representation, not only is it for the House of Representatives in Washington, but it's also for our board of supervisors.”
“Municipalities that have a higher population have a heavier pull when it comes to county wide decisions,” he said.
Butler dded that the census impacts schools because funding for our schools is based on census data, among other things. Programs like Head Start, School Lunch Programs, After School Programs, and Capital Projects are also impacted.