Greetings Family !
I hope you had a great summer. The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us. However, our community continues to be resilient by finding creative ways to establish a new normal in order to remain a city of growth and progress.
The upcoming November election is not far off. Each one of us has the opportunity to have our voice heard by voting, so be sure you are registered to vote by October 5, 2020. You may also want to consider voting early. Early voting allows you to exercise your right to vote, yet avoid the crowds. Your vote is critical in every election and always appreciated.
Another vital process still happening is the 2020 U.S. Census. I recently received an update on the response by Trotwood citizens and the number is troubling. To date, we have responded at a rate of only 54%. This low response is very concerning because accurate accounting of how many citizens live in Trotwood is needed in order to determine how much federal funding flows into our community every year over the next ten years. These numbers shape many different aspects and needs of our community including fire and police departments, schools, roads and highways, and how to respond to natural disasters. They also have a direct impact on our children’s lives through resources for health insurance, child care, food assistance, and early development programs. In addition, the number of seats a state represents in Congress is determined by each state’s population as collected through the census data; therefore, we must respond to the census so that we are appropriately represented by our legislators.
The U.S. Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution and allows us only ONE chance each decade to count every resident in the United States. The count is not intrusive and by law, your answers and private information is never published and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
Trotwood, we need you – this is an urgent appeal. Please take time today to do your part and complete the 2020 U.S. Census. Each and every one of us must do our part to make Trotwood the successful community we all desire. Please make sure your voice is heard and that your household is counted.
Mary A. McDonald, Mayor
City of Trotwood, Ohio