Over the next six months you will hear a lot about “being counted.”

For Douglas, that will be especially important because if we have a higher, more accurate count, we benefit by having more tax dollars returned to our city. Most importantly, everyone counts!

Your data is confidential: Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. By law, no one can share your information with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. Under a recent Supreme Court Ruling there will not be a question about citizenship. Where you live is all that matters for the Census.

In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online or on the telephone in addition to mail or at you front door.

Why does Douglas need this information and these funds? Because exciting things are happening. Our Downtown Revitalization Plan is moving forward, and you will soon begin to see changes to Downtown to make it an even more welcoming place for residents, shoppers, and tourists. A meeting on October 15 brought residents and business owners together with the City representatives to provide final design guidance for these new changes. Look for them coming soon.

Douglas is also looking towards the future by planning on expanding our borders to potentially bring existing neighborhoods directly into the City, along with the upcoming new Port of Entry and surrounding areas for new commercial and industrial development. This expansion will help Douglas to grow without harming the character of existing neighborhoods.

An accurate Census Count will help bring the appropriate funds for these projects to ensure that they help Douglas grow and prosper, while retaining its existing character and history. It all comes back to letting us know that you are here so we can properly serve you.

How you can help? You are the expert we need your ideas on the best way to make sure everyone in your community gets counted. If you would like to volunteer, please contact: Xenia Gonzalez, City of Douglas, 425 E. 10th Street, Douglas, AZ 85607 (520) 417-7385.

Census day is April 1, 2020. The online link for self-response will go live on March 23, 2020. Please do your part by going online and completing your self-response. Encourage others to do the same, or host a census party to get everyone on online and make sure your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues are counted! Be counted!

The Census Bureau is actively hiring in our area! If you are interested in working for the Census 2020, you may apply online at: https://2020census.gov/jobs or https://usajobs.gov

Have questions about our city growth and development, land use and regulations on signage, permit requirements, code compliance, building inspections or assistance with building and design, please contact Peter Gardner, (520) 417-7414 or email me at peter.gardner@douglasaz.gov.

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