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U.S. Census Coordinator for Chaffee County April Obholz Bergeler plans to man a table with iPads and swag outside Vino Salida Wine Cellars, 10495 CR 120, Poncha Springs, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 7.

Vino Salida Wine Cellars (Courtesy Photo)

Those Chaffee County residents who have not yet completed their 2020 Census are urged to stop by to complete their 2020 Census or ask any questions they want to have answered. This is a great opportunity for those who are leery of an online presence to rely on Obholz Bergeler’s expertise to complete your civic duty.

Starting next Tuesday, Aug. 11, the U.S. Census Bureau will start knocking on the doors of households that have yet to complete their census form.

The results of the census determine hundreds of billions of dollars of federal budget allocated to federal, state, and local government budgets for everything from transportation and schools, to healthcare and affordable housing. Because this funding is distributed based on the population count, it is important that every resident of each county be counted. Citizenship is not a requisite — the U.S. Constitution stipulates that every resident, regardless of citizenship, be counted every ten years.

As of Aug. 2, Chaffee County’s census self-response percentage rates:

County residents          55.4

Buena Vista                   54.5

Poncha Springs            51.9

Salida                             64.3

“A good census count will make a world of difference for our community over the next 10 years,” comments Obholz Bergeler, in a message explaining that census taker visits are pending to county homes that have not yet completed the census. “For those who have not responded yet, please respond now to stop the knock.”

The census form can be completed online at, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail.