Special Census FAQ

  1. What is the purpose of the special census?

                The Town of Nolensville receives state shared tax dollars based on the population from the last census conducted by the federal government in 2020. With the growth we have seen in the Town, we know that the 2020 census numbers do not accurately reflect the current population. Holding a special census will allow us to better understand what our population is and give us the ability to get the full amount of state shared tax dollars back based on our overall population. These additional tax dollars will be put back into the Town to benefit its residents.

  1. What is the monetary impact of the special census?

                During the 2023-2024 fiscal year, the state estimates paying municipalities $170.29 per person in state shared revenues. If our estimates are correct, this means the Town of Nolensville could be entitled to an additional $200,000 to $365,000 every year. Holding the census will give us the correct amount based on our population growth.

  1. Why should this matter to me?

                The additional state shared tax dollars will benefit all residents all through increased services and/or upgraded infrastructure throughout our Town. This would include things like streets, parks, trails, and even public safety.

  1. How does a special census differ from the 10 year federal census?

             The US population census, held every 10 years, is a comprehensive snapshot of our nation's people. It provides information on the size, location, and characteristics of a population. Municipalities in Tennessee are granted the right to conduct a special census as many as four times during that 10 year period. Nolensville has grown significantly since the 2020 US census. The special census only collects the number of residents and each person's full name residing in our town. The state of Tennessee provides revenue to each of the state's municipalities annually based on its number of residents. Once our updated population numbers are verified, the amount of tax dollars we receive will be increased accordingly. The increase is likely to be substantial. These funds can be used in a variety of ways to improve the public services our town provides.    

  1. I received a mailer in the mail. Do I need to follow the link to submit my information, or can I use the enclosed paid postage envelope to send in information via paper ballot?

                We encourage you to submit your household information in a way that is easiest for you. You can submit your information on our special census home page or you can fill out the mailer and send it back to us in the postage-paid envelope. We need all submissions by January 31, 2024 so if you send your submission by mail, please allow time for it to be delivered to us. 

  1. Who is coordinating and running the special census?

                The 2023 Special Census project is being coordinated by the Town of Nolensville and supported by volunteers who live within the Town limits.

  1. What information is needed from residents?

                The only information that is required from residents is an address, the number of residents in the home, and first/last name for each resident living at the address. That’s it!

  1. Who counts toward the overall population numbers?

                The total population number is determined by everyone who lives INSIDE the Nolensville Town limits. Whether a home is occupied by its owner or renters, we all count! If you are a renter and you received a census form addressed to the owner, please fill out the form. Be sure to include service members deployed on active duty or residents who may be at college. 

  1. I just moved here - do I count/should I submit a form?

                YES! Please join the effort to go "ALL IN" and have our population number be as accurate as possible by the submission deadline.

  1. I submitted my form, but my number of residents changed (had a baby, etc.) What should I do?

              If you already submitted your form but the number of resident in your home has changed before our deadline, please feel free to submit a new form. We are happy to take any updates you might have! Staff and volunteers will be working diligently to update all submittals in time for the official deadline of March 1, 2024.

  1. Who handles this information? Is my submission secure?

                All submissions are securely received and processed through our Town website and our volunteer committee. No sensitive information is to be included in a submission. The information collected will be kept confidential and will ONLY be used by the Town of Nolensville for the special census. Your information will not be shared, sold, rented or given to any other entity or business.

  1. I want to volunteer - how can I help?

            If you would like to volunteer with our special census efforts, please fill out the Special Census Volunteer Form .We appreciate and encourage any and all help!

  1. What is the timeline for the special census?

                We officially announced the special census on Thursday, October 5th at the Board of Commissioners meeting. Throughout the next few months, you will see posts on the website and social media, yard signs around town, postcards at events and mailers in the mail. Ideally, we will have everything in house by January 31, 2024. If you choose to submit your special census information with the postage-paid envelope, please have those in the mail back so they arrive at Town Hall by January 31, 2024. The Town staff and volunteers will need to finish entering mailed information into the electronic system, verify submissions and have time to reach out to those who have not yet submitted information. We need ALL submissions sent in/verified by February 29, 2024 so that we can provide the final roster for verification on March 1, 2024. The March 1, 2024 is essential to verifying the special census and submitting in time to the state to get back the state shares tax dollars.