Want to tell the City how you feel? Now’s your chance.
As part of the City of Citrus Heights’ plan to identify, prioritize and address community needs using federal, state and local funds, resident and agency input is being sought through a short survey posted on the City’s website.
With questions addressing funding priorities for sidewalk and street needs, economic development, housing assistance and public service/facility needs, the City’s “10-minute” survey asks respondents to rank needs, ranging from “very low need” to “critical need.”
The survey also has several fill-in-the-blank questions regarding community opinions on common barriers faced in obtaining services, and “critical issues” that affect the provision of local program services. It also asks for feedback on “unmet service needs or gaps in your community,” as well as providing a spot for additional concerns or suggestions.
Asked whether the City really reads the survey responses, and if residents should feel its worth the 10 minutes to fill out, Vice Mayor Sue Frost urged community members to take the time.
“If the people aren’t there to tell us what they think, how can we represent them?” said Frost, encouraging residents to provide input on the survey.
“Our city tries really hard to engage with the citizens because the citizens know what’s going on,” said Frost, who sits on the City’s Community Development Committee. “They see things from a vantage point that the City maybe can’t see.”
Containing about a dozen questions for citizens, the survey includes an additional nine questions directed to respondents who represent agencies and organizations serving Citrus Heights residents.
The survey will be used by the City to develop a Consolidated Plan, a federally required five-year planning document for the use of Community Development Block Grant funds, according to a statement on the City’s website. Once completed, the Plan will serve as “a comprehensive strategy to address the needs of low-and moderate-income households in Citrus Heights” from 2015 through 2019.
The City is requesting responses to be submitted before September 24.
The survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HR9NVNB