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Citizen Budget Input survey

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Elizabeth Ladner

We are in the process of developing the budget for our next fiscal year. This will be a two or three year (three years would be new for the community) budget and due to what I believe is a turnover in the residential make up of our community, a significant change in our governing body and what appeared to be the priorities of the council a year ago versus what seems to be their priorities currently I am hoping to see what types of surveys other communities have done to gain input to make sure that the priorities of the community and the priorities of the governing body (directing staff) are similar of if they are completely different.

Any help with community priority surveys that you have done in the past would be greatly appreciated.


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Douglas Shontz

Elizabeth,

San Antonio, Texas, has an innovative program to get citizen input. You can find an overview of the program here: http://icma.org/en/i..

 
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Elizabeth Ladner

Thank you.

 
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Jared Wasinger

City of Manhattan, KS partnered with Kansas State University to conduct a Community Survey to address citizen satisfaction and community priorities over the next 2-3 years on specific projects and infrastructure: http://cityofmhk.com..

 
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Corbitt Loch

For the 2017-2018 biennial budget, the City of Lynnwood, WA used a simple, SurveyMonkey.com survey tool. We already had good input on community values and priorities, and it was difficult to craft meaningful questions on the budget itself.

 
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Mark Abeles-Allison

We do an inhouse survey through Extension. We do a board survey and a public survey. Some similar survey questions annually together with focused questions on particular topics we want more feedback on..

 
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Thomas Miller

Many communities use The National Citizen Survey [http://www.n-r-c.com/survey-products/the-national-citizen-survey/] to get information from a representative cross-section of residents about community values and service quality, the bedrock of budget choices. I've always thought it would be useful for council and staff to take the same survey to compare where their opinions sync with the public or where realignment needs to occur.

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