Ha! The fact that Forest Park, IL will lose seven million in revenue due to the lack of participation of the 2020 Census is not the fault of the residents but the Forest Park government themselves. I was reading this article and reading between the lines it seems like the Forest Park officials are blaming those residents (34%) that are not participating in the census as a reason for a 7-million-dollar budget hole.
If you think of Forest Park, IL you do NOT think commerce central. The problem is that Forest Park, Il looks like it is stuck in the 1980s and has never left. There is hardly any investment in commerce in the village that would bring forth a solid tax base to offset that 7 million they sorely need. For example, how long has the northwestern lot at Harlem and Madison Ave been empty?
Maybe they will have their police force give out more unnecessary tickets as a result, oh, wait, from my personal experience they do that already. The whole reach out program that Forest Park, IL wants to do is simply not feasible. There is an underlining reason for the reason why people are not filling out their census forms. Politics is a reason, but also local investment if people cannot see where their efforts are going year after year, why participate?
If the village has factored in this money into its budget in the last couple of years, why are they so depended on it? Why have the officials of Forest Park, Il not found a solution to this shortfall beforehand and created more revenue opportunities for the village, so that in turn this issue would not occur? I think what REALLY pisses me off is the fact that the village blames their residents for not completing the census as a reason for their piss poor management and budgeting style. Hopefully, these same residents show up on the next election day and give these jerks a big FU as a result.
Here is the article in where the Forest Park, IL government is blaming residents for its shortcomings: