City Finances Survey

 
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how important are the following City services? (1 is not important, 10 is very important
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Library Services
Police Services
The Community Pool
Leaf Collection Services
Community Development (Planning, Building Services, and Capital Improvements)
Economic Development
Museum Services
Parks and Recreation
Summer Movie and Music Series
Code Enforcement
Street Maintenance and Construction
Bridge Maintenance
Water and Sewer Services
Storm Water and Flood Management Services
Annual Clean-up Services
2. Overall, how would you rate the City of Independence on the following?
PoorFairGoodVery GoodExcellent
Using tax dollars wisely
Planning for an improved local economy
Improving the downtown
Making good decisions for the future of the city
3. As you may know, the City of Independence has been heavily impacted by a number of local economic factors. Declining construction, home values, and jobs and reduced city revenues. In order to help resolve the city's financial obstacles, which option(s) would you support?
Somewhat SupportStrongly SupportSomewhat OpposeStrongly OpposeCan't Say
Further reducing city services
Increasing fees for city services
A combination of reducing services and increasing fees
Refinancing the city's debt through a bond measure
4. If the City determined that restructuring current debt was the best option for maintaining community services, would you support or oppose a bond measure that would consolidate and refinance the City's current debt?
5. Would you support or oppose a bond measure to consolidate and refinance the City's debt if it resulted in a net increase in your property taxes of $0.25 per $1,000 assessed value or about $25 per year for a $100,000 home?
6. Would you be more or less likely to support the bond measure if you knew that the City of Independence could reduce annual payments by approximately $300,000 if the bond measure passes?
7. Would you be more or less likely to support the bond measure if you knew that the City of Independence has already cut staff by 20% and reduced service levels over the last two years?
8. Would you be more or less likely to support the bond measure if you knew that if the bond measure doesn't pass the city would be forced to further reduce staff and make significant budget cuts to: police services, library hours, and other city services as well as close the swimming pool?
9. Which group best describes your age?
10. Are you a registered republican, democrat, independent, or other political party?
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