WHAT TYPE OF CITY DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN?

This is a voluntary and anonymous survey. No personal information is being collected and none of the questions require answers that could be used to identify you. The data collected through this survey will be used to develop a voter information guide for the 2014 Hamilton election.

To learn more about the Hamilton Civic League:
JOIN us at www.CivicLeague.ca
WATCH us on GOTV, Wednesdays 4:30/10:30 on Cable14,
FOLLOW us on Twitter @hamcivicleague,
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VOTE with us each week at www.CivicLeague/CityCam,
ATTEND one of our monthly meetings,
CALL us at 905-545-5577.

Email HamiltonCivicLeague@gmail.com today to request the results of this survey. Results will be available in 2014.

* 1. Postal Code

Your postal code allows us to determine how values and priorities differ in various communities throughout the city.

* 2. Control Code

A Control Code may appear on the front cover of a paper copy of this survey, or one may have been assigned via an email or telephone invitation. Please enter your Control Code if you have one, otherwise leave it blank.

* 3. The cost of police, fire and emergency services are:

* 4. Hamilton City employee salaries, wages & benefits are:

* 5. Property taxes (also included in rent, about 20%) are:

* 6. City spending on child care for low income families is:

* 7. City spending on affordable & adequate housing is:

* 8. City spending on health services (dental, medication, assisted devices, funerals) for low income families is:

* 9. Programs that try to improve conditions of people living in poverty make things better.

* 10. Youth skill-building and leadership development should be priorities.

* 11. Retaining recent college grads should be a priority.

* 12. Reducing local causes and effects of climate change should be a priority.

* 13. On average, how many full bags or containers of garbage do you have each week?

* 14. Illegal dumping of garbage in your neighborhood occurs

* 15. The City should be promoted as a destination to experience the arts.

* 16. A revitalized downtown core should be a priority.

* 17. The conversion of one way streets to two way streets has been a positive change.

* 18. Preservation of heritage buildings is important to me.

* 19. Rate the City on preservation of heritage buildings on a scale of 1 (poor) to 7 (excellent).

* 20. Farmland around the City should be preserved.

* 21. Meeting the needs of existing businesses should take priority over efforts to attract new businesses.

* 22. Redeveloping existing industrial lands should take priority over the addition/creation of new industrial lands.

* 23. Term limits should apply to councillors and the mayor.

* 24. On a scale of 1 (not likely) to 7 (very likely), how likely would you be to use online voting for a city election, if it was available?

* 25. The City adequately consults residents on major planning and spending decisions.

* 26. Resident groups should be formed in every ward to review local issues, advise Council and approve major City planning and spending decisions.

* 27. On a scale of 1 (not likely) to 7 (very likely), how likely would you be to participate in a resident group?

* 28. Council’s first responsibility must be to ensure residents’ quality of life by effectively delivering services (such as water, sewer, public health, road & transportation, planning, emergency service).

* 29. Job growth and economic development should be the main focus of Council.

* 30. The City’s goal should be to confine growth within the current built-up areas.

* 31. The City should accommodate the construction of new houses and buildings by expanding into the countryside.

* 32. It costs approximately $10,000 per year to maintain each lane of every kilometer of road. Developers who build in new areas should be charged a fee to cover the future cost of servicing and maintaining the new roads.

* 33. In terms of roads, bridges, sewers and water systems, the priority for City spending should be to fix, replace and improve existing infrastructure.

* 34. In terms of roads, bridges, sewers and water systems, the priority for City spending should be to extend these types of infrastructure into new areas.

* 35. On a scale of 1 (unsafe) to 7 (very safe), how safe do you feel in your neighborhood and in your daily movements throughout Hamilton?

* 36. City employees adequately reflect the diversity of the population they serve.

* 37. Participation in the decision making process is inclusive and representative of our diverse needs and communities.

* 38. Hamilton’s future well-being depends in part on being able to capitalize on the skills, energy and ideas of new immigrants, new Canadians, and other newcomers to the City.

* 39. The populations of the 15 city wards range from 15,000 to 55,000 residents. Ward boundaries should be redrawn so each councillor represents an equal number of residents.

* 40. The police should be granted $1,000,000 for additional tasers and $635,000 each year for related training.

* 41. Where, in Hamilton, does a casino belong?

* 42. The City’s plan to convert 1000+ acres of farmland near the airport for industrial purposes should be approved.

* 43. I approve of the City’s funding of the PanAm Stadium.

* 44. The City should stop adding fluoride to drinking water.

* 45. How often do you use public transit?

* 46. On a scale of 1 (not supportive) to 7 (very supportive) rate support for the following public transit related actions. Please be sure to rate each action.

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Add more buses to current routes
Add new bus routes
Upgrade to eco-friendly buses
Reduce fares for low income families
Invest in light rail transit (LRT)
Introduce all-day GO service

* 47. The City is well prepared to provide housing and services for an aging population.

* 48. Community gardens are a good investment.

* 49. Leash-free areas/parks for dogs are a good investment.

* 50. Increasing access to the waterfront is a good investment.

* 51. For how many years have you lived in Hamilton?

* 52. In what year were you born?

* 53. Do you own or rent the place you live in?

* 54. What level of education have you completed?

* 55. To be eligible to vote in a City of Hamilton election, you must be 18 years of age or older, a Canadian citizen, reside in Hamilton or be an owner or tenant of property, or be the spouse of an owner or tenant. In 2010, were you eligible to vote in the city election?

* 56. Do you plan to vote in the October 2014 City of Hamilton election?

* 57. If you plan to vote, will you vote for your current councillor?

* 58. Why did you not vote in the 2010 City of Hamilton election? Select all that apply.

* 59. What, if anything, would you change about the City?

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This is a voluntary and anonymous survey. No personal information is being collected and none of the questions require answers that could be used to identify you. The data collected through this survey will be used to develop a voter information guide for the 2014 Hamilton election.

To learn more about the Hamilton Civic League:
JOIN us at www.CivicLeague.ca
WATCH us on GOTV, Wednesdays 4:30/10:30 on Cable14,
FOLLOW us on Twitter @hamcivicleague,
FIND us on Facebook,
VOTE with us each week at www.CivicLeague/CityCam,
ATTEND one of our monthly meetings,
CALL us at 905-545-5577.

Email HamiltonCivicLeague@gmail.com today to request the results of this survey. Results will be available in 2014.

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