Bainbridge to conduct survey of citizens

Islanders may soon have the opportunity to tell the city what they really think about it.

The city council has unanimously approved a proposal to query islanders by using the National Citizen Survey, which provides cities with information about citizens’ views on spending, services, initiatives and areas that need improvement.

The Citizen Survey sends three mailings to 1,200 randomly picked households to gauge citizens’ views on their local government.

The survey is estimated to cost $15,000.

“It’s probably one of the least expensive survey processes I’ve seen,” City Manager Doug Schulze said, who proposed adopting the survey.

Governments who opt for the Citizen Survey have access to a database where they can compare their results to those of other governments. Schulze also noted that the survey “gives us the ability to compare the city to itself over time.”

Schulze expects the survey to be launched on Bainbridge within the next two or three months.


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