City Seeks Resident Ratings in Online Survey
City residents have an opportunity to digitally rate Fredericksburg's government and direction in an online survey.
Fredericksburg officials are seeking digital feedback from city residents on the quality of municipal services through an online survey. The results of the online survey will be presented as a supplement to a snail mail survey which was mailed to 1,200 city households this past winter. Both the snail mail survey and the online survey ask the same questions.
A press release issued by the city on Wednesday afternoon asks that only city residents participate in the online survey. It should be noted that the online survey didn't ask for an address or present the survey taker with any other way of specifying his or her residence. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to get through, containing 20 questions designed to eke out opinions on a wide range of topics relevant to municipal governance.
Among others, the survey asks the following questions:
- To what degree, if at all are run down buildings, weed lots or junk vehicles a problem in Fredericksburg?
- How safe do you feel in your neighborhood at different parts of the day?
- What was your overall impression of your most recent contact with the city of Fredericksburg Police Department?
- To what degree would you like to increase or decrease city funding for various city services?
- To what degree would you support or oppose certain activities to promote economic development?
In February, the city sent 1,200 postcards to randomly selected city households alerting them that they would soon be receiving a full survey in the mail. The results of the snail mail survey will be available in April. The results of the online survey and the snail mail survey will be presented separately. The results from the online survey will be available in May.
“We want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the household survey,” wrote City Manager Beverly Cameron in the press release announcing the online surbey. “Now, through the on-line survey, we are giving everyone the opportunity to let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing directly from our citizens about how we are doing, what we could be doing better, and where we could be better focusing our resources.”
Residents will be able to respond to the survey through April.