On September 16th, 2020, WJBF News Channel 6 reported that Mayor Hardie Davis of Augusta, Georgia gave citizens an update on the U.S. census efforts in the city. As recently as September 24th, 2020, WJBF reported that the census response rate was still at 60.2%.
The mayor believes the coronavirus pandemic is a reason for the low numbers. “On the 16th of March, we shut things down in our city and things began to shut down across the state of Georgia Due to COVID-19. That caused people to be at a place of where the most important thing on everybody’s mind was COVID-19,” said Mayor Davis.
Because each county receives federal funding for things like community development and education are based on population, the response from the community to the census was vital. With up to a billion dollars in funding spanning the next 10 years hanging in the balance, we will see what is to come for Richmond County.
The deadline for Augusta’s citizens to respond to the census was September 30th. (WJBF)