When it comes to funding streets, hospitals, roads and a host of other things Hays County is going to need in the next 10 years, residents have some explaining to do.
And they’re not alone. Three weeks have passed since the U.S. Census preferred to receive completed forms for the 2020 Constitutionally-mandated count of every person residing in the county, and the nation as a whole had a response rate of only 50.7 percent on April 19.
Texas fared even worse with a statewide response rate of 46.5 percent. Hays County had a response rate of 45.6 percent and among its municipalities, Mountain City had the best response rate by far at 77.4 percent.
Next came Buda, whose residents responded at a rate of 59.6 percent. That was followed by Kyle with a response rate of 52 percent, Dripping Springs with a response rate of 49.5 percent, Woodcreek with a 49.7 percent response rate, Wimberley with a response rate of 45.6 percent and Uhland at 40.3 percent.
Coming in last was the county seat of San Marcos, with a response rate of only 35.2 percent.