RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) — Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that they will be ending field data collection and self-response options by September 30, 2020.
Originally, the U.S. Census announced that the deadline for field data collection and self-response options would be extended to October 31st due to COVID-19.
According to the announcement, the U.S. Census Bureau will be improving the speed of the count without sacrificing completeness.
However, the new deadline has some officials concerned about what this could mean for the Valley.
“The Valley is going to be underserved. The funds that come from the federal government are intended to go to those people in need. This pandemic here has kept us from going out here and working to get people registered. So, it’s giving us less time and you add that to the restrictions of the pandemic, that’s not good news for us,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez.
Officials said only about 63 percent of households across the nation have responded to the 2020 census.