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Politics

Residents air priorities

By ANNE LINDBERG
Published May 16, 2007


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As part of Pinellas Park's annual budget process, officials survey residents to find out what they think of the city government. The responses are used to set budget priorities, measure performance in certain areas and find out what residents want in the future. The most recent survey was conducted between July 1 and Aug. 31 last year and 556 answered at least part of the survey. Results were released in late April. Following are some of the questions with some of the answers.

Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer

"The complete control of the mayor and City Council by local churches and the radical right-wing Republican Party, thereby blurring the separation between church and state. For Pete's sake - the Fourth of July celebration is sponsored by local churches!"

"Too many bums living in parks."

"Growth - our quality of life is good because we do not have masses of people. Each time condos go up, our 'small town feel' is challenged. If I wanted to be in St. Petersburg or Tampa, I would be. Keep Pinellas Park the retreat of cities, not an additional one."

"Crime, teenagers, traffic."

"City has gotten too overdeveloped. All the farmland has been turned into housing."

"Pure trash moving into the city and not taking care of their property and the city does not seem to care! Community compliance does nothing to help. Sad but true."

"Townhomes (crammed) into any space available without thinking about the residents who live around them and the traffic issues."

What were the five top-ranked areas that respondents would like to see their tax dollars spent on?

What are the five top developments residents would like to see in Pinellas Park?

Area

2006 2005
Drainage 1 1
Neighborhood improvements 2 2
Traffic-signal timing 3 4
Code enforcement 4 3
Police service 5 6

Would you like more street lighting in your neighborhood?

Open/green space

Outdoor cafes
Sit-down restaurants
Delicatessens/bakeries
Mom-and-pop retail stores

If you do not receive reclaimed water, would you like to have this service in the future?

Yes

18%
No 82%

What are the five top-ranked improvements or activities respondents would like to see in residential areas?

Yes

36%
No 64%

I am concerned about the availability of affordable housing. *

Neighborhood watch groups

Landscaping improvements
Volunteer cleanup programs
Retention pond landscaping
Neighborhood parks and playgrounds

*percentages are rounded

The five top-ranked recreational areas in which respondents want to see improvements.

Strongly agree

47%
Agree 30%
Neither agree nor disagree 14%
Disagree 6%
Strongly disagree 4%

[Last modified May 15, 2007, 23:52:02]


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