This survey will help guide the setting of priorities for the 2020 Budget process. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you would like to learn more about the 2020 Budget process, please visit peterborough.ca/budget. Thank you for your input.

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* 1. Is your home or business in the City of Peterborough?

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* 2. You don’t need to be familiar with the City’s budget to take part in this survey. But we would like to understand how familiar the community is with the budget, this way we can work to provide the information people want and need.

How familiar are you with how the City develops the annual budget?

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* 3. How familiar are you with how the City makes decisions about spending on programs and infrastructure each year?

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* 4. How familiar are you with the services and programs funded by the City of Peterborough annual budget?

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* 5. This next set of questions focus on your priorities for spending at the City, and your thoughts on how the City manages its finances. This will help to inform the 2020 Budget.

How important do you think the following services/programs are to the community?

  very important somewhat important undecided somewhat unimportant very unimportant
Essential services – sewers, water, stormwater management
Fire prevention, police, paramedics
Libraries, Art Gallery, Museum and their programs
Garbage and recycling
Providing access to recreation facilities and delivering recreational programming
Providing and maintaining parks and green spaces
Enabling affordable housing
Social services
Permits, inspections and enforcement (including building, renovation, business licences, etc.)
Planning for and managing residential, commercial and industrial development
Providing transportation infrastructure for walking, bikes, transit and vehicles
Environmental protection, support for green projects (e.g. grants, waste reduction programs, low-impact development, energy efficiency)
Managing tax dollars
Promoting economic development – ie. Public, business and non-governmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation
Providing information, customer service and public engagement. (e.g. responding to phone calls and emails, holding public meetings, sharing information on website)

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* 6. Please rate the following municipal services based on how well you think the municipally funded services are being delivered in our community.

  very satisfied somewhat satisfied I don't know somewhat unsatisfied very unsatisfied
Essential services – sewers, water, stormwater management
Fire prevention, police, paramedics
Libraries and cultural facilities and programs
Garbage
Recycling
Providing access to recreation facilities and delivering recreational programming
Providing and maintaining parks and green spaces
Enabling affordable housing
Social services – client program and support costs to deliver financial assistance, employment and addictions services, homelessness and housing and children’s services
Permits, inspections and enforcement (including building, renovation, business licences, etc.)
Planning for and managing residential, commercial and industrial development
Providing active transportation infrastructure for walking and cycling
Providing vehicular transportation infrastructure for transit and vehicles
Environmental protection, support for green projects (e.g. incentives, waste reduction programs, low-impact development, energy efficiency)
Managing tax dollars – ie. Keep tax rate low and spending in check
Promoting economic development
Providing information, customer service and public engagement. (e.g. responding to phone calls and emails, holding public meetings, sharing information on website)

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* 7. From your perspective, and recognizing that not everything is within City control, what are the most important local issues facing the City at the present time (1 - most important, 12 - least important)

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* 8. If the most important local issue facing the City at the present time was not listed above, please tell us what it is.

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* 9. To balance the 2020 budget as required by law, the City of Peterborough has a number of options to consider. Which of the following options would you prefer the City use to balance its budget?
 
Note: User fees are monies you would pay to the City to access specific services, facilities and utilities, such as licences, permits, using City-owned facilities such as arenas and recreation centres, and utilities such as stormwater management.

You can select one option or a mix of up to three options.

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* 10. Would you say that you are generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the overall quality of services provided to residents/businesses by the City of Peterborough?

very dissatisfied undecided very satisfied
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* 11. To maintain levels of service, the City has historically increased taxes in the range of 2% annually. Would you be willing to pay a further increase in your property taxes to increase levels of service? Please select as many as the following options as you wish.

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* 12. The following responses are optional, but your responses would help us understand how the results from this survey reflect the makeup of our community and inform how we communicate with you in the future.

How did you find out about the 2020 Budget questionnaire?

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* 13. Here’s a list of types of information and ways of sharing information about the budget. What are the best ways to help you get more informed about the City’s annual budget? (select your top 5)

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* 14. Thanks for sharing your experience with the City. We’d like to check in on how you would prefer to interact with us. From the list below, please tell us which channels you are most likely to participate in. Please select up to three.

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* 15. Do you own or rent your current place of residence?

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* 16. In which area of the City is your home address located? (It’s about how you identify, not any formal boundaries – just choose how you identify the area where you home is located)

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* 17. In which age category to you fall?

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* 18. Do you identify as

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* 19. And, finally, the City of Peterborough wants to know if you have any further comments or suggestions to add about any of the topics covered in this questionnaire. Please type your comments in the space provided.

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