Bay County Long-Term Recovery Task Force meets to discuss relief money and census

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's been a few months since the Bay County Long-Term Recovery Task Force met, and in the meantime, Chairman Robert Carroll said it's been a waiting game for recovery money.

The task force discussed hurricane relief money and the upcoming 2020 census. (WJHG/WECP)

"We've been waiting on the funding sources, the Federal Registry, all the money is becoming available. So now we'll have opportunities coming up to submit for projects," said Carroll.

Carroll said around $735 million has come into our area for hurricane relief and more money will be available later in the year, it's just a matter of having projects ready in time.

"Right now it's just making sure that every municipality has their projects together, what their priorities are, so when they have the ability to submit, they'll have those ready on the shelf," said Carroll.

The other major topic? The 2020 census and its importance to our area and its future.

"It's not based on need, it's based on numbers. So if we show a decline in population, even though that need is even greater, it won't matter because it's totally based on the number of people who are here," said Carroll.

Officials say they're working to reach as many people as possible by any means necessary.

"We have a couple of different marketing programs between all the arms to make sure everyone is reached and that everyone is counted. How do we do that? Whether it's putting banner planes in the air, whether we put fliers out, [the] main thing is just getting the word of mouth out," said Carroll.

Registering as many people for the census is important because it helps determine the state’s share of federal money and can determine how many representatives our area gets.

For more information on how to register for the census click here.

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