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County replacing missing property signs ahead of census

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Chaves County will use some of the funding it has received to coordinate U.S. Census survey response efforts to pay for new property numbering signs if needed.

Louis Jaramillo, head of the Chaves County Complete Count Committee, said Thursday that any county property sign posts that have missing, unreadable or damaged numbers will be replaced by the county using census funding.

Jaramillo, the Chaves County Planning and Zoning director, explained that people who need new signs can come into the office in the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place. The phone number is 575-624-6606.

The Chaves County Complete Count Committee is a subcommittee of the local Census 2020 Complete Count Committee headed by Marcos Nava, executive director of the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce. That group is working with the city of Roswell, the county, local schools and many community organizations.

Federal funding is provided to states, cities and counties to support various educational, promotional and outreach efforts. The county has received about $52,000, much of which will be used for education and outreach efforts in cooperation with the city.

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Participation in the 2020 Census is required by law and households will receive “invitations” to complete surveys by mid-March. People can complete the surveys by phone, by mail or online and are asked to do so no later than April 1, Census Day.

Responses to the Census are used to collect population counts and demographic data that will determine, for the next 10 years, such things as federal funding appropriations for the area, the number of legislative representatives for an area in state legislatures and Congress, and voting districts.

According to the New Mexico Complete Count Commission, if the population in the state is undercounted by 1%, the state will receive $780 million less in federal funding than it otherwise would have been allocated.

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