As of April 2010, 64% of St. John Parish residents have returned their 2010 Census forms. Locally, the Census Bureau employs over 70 parish residents. These workers began their door-to-door efforts on May 1st, gathering information to ensure that an accurate count is obtained. Parish President Natalie Robottom urges all residents who have not yet participated to provide their information to the census takers.
As the safety of our residents is of great concern to the Parish, there are several ways to verify the identity of a census taker who comes to your door. All census workers have an identification badge that must be visible at all times; the badge contains a Commerce watermark and expiration date. All Census workers have passed an FBI background check. The census taker can provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the local census office phone number for verification if asked. President Robottom states “the census taker will only ask you the 10 questions that appear on the 2010 census form, all information provided is strictly confidential”. All census workers have taken an oath to serve their government and protect the information they collect and know they will face stiff penalties, jail time or both for any disclosure of any personally identifiable information obtained through this process.
A census worker will make up to six attempts to reach residents either in person or by phone. They may talk to your neighbors, building managers, or rental agents to obtain basic information in their attempt to reach all residents. All information provided is strictly confidential. “Our goal is to count every single person living in St. John the Baptist Parish. The only way for our parish to get its fair share of funding for critical services such as schools, hospitals and infrastructure improvements is for the Census Bureau to know that each and every one of us is counted in that final number,” said Parish President Robottom.