Aug. 28, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Butler County can earn up to $65,000 in funds for the county’s public-school system this month through the state of Alabama’s Census Bowl contest – a March Madness-styled tournament that pits one county against another with weekly eliminations up to Sept. 30 when a winner will be declared.
Butler County is facing off against Russell County in the first round. The contest starts on Wednesday, Sept. 2.
“We need your help to ‘Out Hustle Russell’ this first round,’” said Butler County Counts Coordinator Kevin Pearcey. “We’re asking anyone that has not completed their census to use this month, especially, to focus on getting that task accomplished starting on Sept. 2. Winning the $65,000 will provide much needed funding for our schools.”
Up to 32 counties are vying for the funds in the head-to-head competition. Those counties were selected by Alabama Counts because their census self-response rates are lower than other counties in the state. Butler County currently has a 56 percent response rate.
Not having a complete count could cause the state to lose up to two seats in congress as well as billions of dollars in federal funding that goes to needed programs in Butler County, such as Head Start, the school system’s early childhood education program.
The census takes up to six minutes to complete and can be done online at http://www.my2020census.gov