2020 census is important for the parish says newly elected tax assessor
The 2020 United States Census forms have gone out, and Evangeline Parish Tax Assessor-Elect Chris Guillory has mounted a crusade to get the word out on how the census is important for the parish.
According to Guillory, the census determines how much federal funds is allocated to the parish.
“It’s extremely important,” said Guillory. “If you’re a tax payer, then you want some of your money to come back. If you’re a person who benefits from the tax revenue that’s raised and provides for federal programs, then you should be concerned also because it would be more money for you.”
“Either way,” he continued, “you want the money to come back to us. We’re a parish in dire need of every penny we can get whether it’s from the state or the federal government.
Guillory explained the census determines funding for roads, state highways, emergency services, the health unit, and low income grants for housing. It also determines funding for Title I programs in the school system.
Guillory, after a conversation with Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard, said, “It’s very important because Title I funds are connected to the census. Each individual student and person in the parish has a certain amount of federal funds attached.”
The Title I funds in the parish also benefit students at Sacred Heart, according to Guillory. “Even if you’re not in the public schools, you can still benefit.”