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Dear Residents,

As your Mayor, I would like to thank you all for your continued support to our Council and city staff over the years and to extend best wishes for a Happy New Year! As we clear our homes of holiday décor and ready ourselves for a fruitful new year, the members of Council look forward to serving the community in every aspect possible.

In 2018, Council and staff will begin preparation for the decennial census data collections. The census is mandated by the Constitution and is conducted every 10 years since 1790. It is a record of population and housing through which everyone is counted once for each city across the United States. The results are then shared with the American people. Each one of our Live Oak households will soon receive a postcard in March announcing the arrival date of the 2020 Census American Community Survey (ACS). Then the actual survey will be mailed out in April to ensure you and your family are counted. We hope that you complete the survey and return it in a timely manner. Whether you complete the 2020 Census questionnaire by mail or by an in-person interview with a Census taker, you are making a statement about what resources your community needs.

Stand up and be counted! Participating in the census is in everyone’s best interest, because the information on the forms is used by decision-makers to determine which communities, schools, hospitals and roads need federal funding. The census results can even effect the emergency services and funding for such services in our community. We appreciate your cooperation and remember your personal data collected is kept confidential by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Lastly, in the upcoming months, we will observe two national holidays, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15th and Presidents Day on February 19th. Let’s not forget to reflect in observance honoring those leaders and the liberties that their efforts afforded us. You are always welcome to reach any of your Council members or myself for comments, concerns or questions. You may reach me at 210-792-7168. Remember, the best is yet to come to our great city.

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