Panama City and Bay County officials encourage census participation

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - The 2020 census count kicks off today. Some guests joined us in our studio with the details.

Local leaders are encouraging everyone to participate in the count, because it helps to determine states share of federal funding. (WJHG)

Local leaders are encouraging everyone to participate in the count, because it helps to determine states share of federal funding. Officials say that Panama City lost 15 percent of its population, and it was a similar story for other surrounding cities as well.

The census numbers also help determine the number of representatives our area can get. Officials with Florida Tax Watch tell us that the results of the new census predicts Florida will gain two more congressional seats.

A census postcard will be sent to your house directing you to go online and count your household. Those are being sent out between Thursday, March 12 and March 24.

If you don't answer after a couple of cards are sent, a census taker will come to your door. The count deadline is April 1.

For more information, watch Jessica's full interview.

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