COVID-19 update in relation to the City of Princeton: We are asking all residents to avoid City offices such as City Hall and Public Works if at all possible. We will be open to answer phone calls and emails. The payment drop box is located outside of City Hall if you need to drop off a utility payment or any other documents. If you need to come into City Hall, please take precautions. If you are sick with a fever, cough, or any other relatable symptoms, we ask that you please do not visit City Hall at this time. We want everyone to stay healthy and safe! Thank you and we appreciate your cooperation during this time!
A message from Mayor Kevin Kernan regarding the disconnection and discontinuation of municipal water collection services: Due to the financial hardship that may be placed on our citizens by the current COVID-19 Pandemic, I am hereby directing the Public Works Foreman to suspend the disconnection of water services for non-payment of your services bill for March. Likewise, waste collection services will NOT be discontinued as well. I will also be asking the Council to waive any late charges for the Month of March. However, any charges or late fees prior to March are not affected by this order. If your financial situation has been negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19, we will work with you. Just contact City Hall if you need to speak with me, please leave a message with the Clerks and I will promptly return your call. To those of you making payments, we ask that you try to use the drop box as much as possible do to limit contact with office personnel. Take care and please remember to PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING!
THE CENSUS IS COMING HOW THE CENSUS HELPS YOU AND PRINCETON Next year, our nation will embark on the 24th decennial census, an initiative that began in 1790. Some countries keep a permanent register of their residents. The United States does not follow this practice. Instead, every ten years, it literally counts the number of people within its borders. Data collected from the Census helps direct the amount of federal funding flowing into Princeton for programs like road construction and repair. The Census affects our lives in other ways. Its data impacts how many people will represent us in state and federal legislatures. Companies use its information to make choices about where to locate new businesses and factories. Some people question the confidentiality of personal data provided to the Census. There are strict laws governing confidentiality, both for census takers and in the timing of the release of detailed information. In fact, the government must wait 72 years after the information is collected to make it public. For instance, Census data from 1950 will not be available until April 1, 2022! Participating in the 2020 Census is important to us all. Unfortunately, in past censuses, some Princeton neighborhoods have had very low reporting rates. The bottom line is, when a Census postcard arrives at our residence, don’t ignore it. Be counted. Tell your family and friends their participation is needed. Otherwise, Princeton loses out on resources that help us grow and continue to be a strong place where families thrive!
-Census data is used to plan bus routes, draw school district boundaries, and offer community services
-Businesses use Census data to decide where to put a store, office, or plant. These new locations create jobs and support the community’s economy
-Census information helps Princeton receive Federal funding
The 2020 Census will incorporate online and phone response options in addition to the traditional paper option. The online response option allows people to respond on their desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, or tablets.