Judy Riggs

Judy Riggs

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If you have not completed your 2020 Census, please do so. Online it only took me a few minutes, verifying my address and the number of people residing at that address. The latest information I have seen to date shows Tillamook County at a little over 30% completion rate. Letters were mailed out in March and April with a code to enter. You may respond online (secure website), by phone or mail. While April 1st was a reference date, it is not the deadline. They will not ask for social security numbers or other personal data such as citizenship. They just need the number of people in the household on April 1st of this year.

Realizing not everyone has computer access, the phone number to call in English is 844-330-2020 or 844-468-2020 for Spanish. Other languages available are listed online at 2020census.gov. website. Customer Service representatives are available every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern Time. To respond by mail, please look to the website for guidance.

You may be asking “Why is this so important?” Your response does matter! The results from the census determine how federal funding flows into states and communities each year for schools, fire departments, health clinics, even roads and highway construction. It helps fund public transportation, programs to support rural areas, programs to restore wildlife, to prepare for wildfires, child abuse prevention, housing assistance for older adults and many other grants and programs. It determines how many seats each state gets in Congress. And it is mandated by the US Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. It is done every ten years to update allocations of funding and adjust congressional numbers. So please help our county get the funding we deserve by going online, phone or mail.

I was surprised to see the low percentage of voters in last week’s election. Some people don’t believe that a primary election is important, but there are always other issues included as well as deciding who is taking the lead in our government.  Let’s change that in November.

Things are slowly opening up in our areas, which is a relief to business owners and patrons. I was thrilled with the Library opening and had a few books on order that I wasn’t able to pick up before the shutdown. Houses of worship have become creative in our time of need. The county commissioners have worked with Lincoln and Clatsop counties to open in concert with each other. There is an information listing on the Garibaldi city website and Garibaldi Oregon Facebook page of known hours of operation of businesses in our town.  If you need to update your business information for that list, please contact Laura at City Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 503-322-3327.

Happy birthday (last Friday) to Teresa Oliver Munholland at Garibaldi Shell! You’re catching up with me! Please email or call with your information to share.

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