Serving on the Queen Creek Town Council since 2002, I have had the opportunity to grow with the community.
From building Mansel Carter Oasis Park, opening the splash pad at Founders’ Park, developing the trails along the Queen Creek and Sonoqui washes, establishing the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department, constructing new fire stations, expanding Ellsworth Road to three lanes through Queen Creek, widening Rittenhouse Road and extending Riggs Road --- to name a few examples, the Census plays an important role in providing important programs and services.
Every 10 years, a Census is conducted, which counts everyone in the United States. Census data is used to distribute funds to our state, county and right here in Queen Creek. Those funds are used for our parks, trails, recreation programs, roads and public safety. State-shared revenues, which are determined by the Census, is 26% of our current operating budget.
Queen Creek is a fantastic community and with your help, we can ensure it continues to be a wonderful place to live, play and learn for the next 10 years (and beyond).
I’m challenging each of you to complete your 2020 Census. If you’ve already completed it, thank you – but your work is not done. I need you to ask your friends and neighbors if they have completed the Census.
It’s easier than ever to complete the Census with three options:
Please, take 10 minutes today to help shape the future of our community for the next 10 years --- it’s important, safe and easy.
Census workers will begin visiting homes that have not completed the Census on Aug. 11.
The time is now, avoid a knock on the door and be counted for the future of community --- complete the Census today.
For additional information about the 2020 Census, go to QueenCreek.org/Census2020. To stay updated on town activities, follow Facebook @QueenCreek or Twitter @TownofQC.
Editor's note: Gail Barney is mayor of Queen Creek.