To help increase the responsiveness and accountability of County government, County Executive Ike Leggett and then-Council President Marilyn Praisner announced in 2007 that for the first time in 13 years, the County would survey residents to obtain feedback on how they viewed local government programs and services. The intent was for the survey to be repeated every two years.
The results from the 2009 survey are in, and in spite of feeling the impact of the nation’s economic downturn over the past two years, residents have again strongly endorsed the county as an “excellent” or “good” place to live and say they are generally happy with the quality of services the County offers.
A first-time question found that 60 percent of respondents said their families were negatively impacted by the economic downturn. However, 88 percent of overall respondents rated Montgomery “as a good place to live” (compared to 86 percent in the 2007 survey); 86 percent said the County is “a good place to raise children” (compared to 81 percent in 2007); and 82 percent were happy with the overall quality of life in the County (compared to 79 percent in 2007).
Responding residents continued to give high marks to significant County services including educational opportunities (84 percent rated them “excellent” or “good” compared to 81 percent in 2007) and recreational opportunities (80 percent excellent or good compared to 81 percent in 2007). The quality of fire service, ambulance service, recycling service, parks and public libraries all received “excellent” or “good” ratings of 87 percent or higher—similar to their ratings in 2007.
Ratings given to traffic flow, affordable housing, population growth, pedestrian safety and the amount of public parking available improved compared to the 2007 survey, but respondents indicated that the County must continue to improve in those areas.
“As in 2007, respondents to the 2009 survey felt that crime, traffic and public schools were viewed as the most important issues the County should address,” said the report’s executive summary.
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POSTED AT: Thursday, January 07, 2010 | 2:19:00 PM