Residents air priorities
By ANNE LINDBERG
Published May 16, 2007
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?
|2006 ||2005 |
|Drainage ||1 ||1 |
|Neighborhood improvements ||2 ||2 |
|Traffic-signal timing ||3 ||4 |
|Code enforcement ||4 ||3 |
|Police service ||5 ||6 |
What are the five top developments residents would like to see in Pinellas Park?
|Outdoor cafes |
|Sit-down restaurants |
|Mom-and-pop retail stores |
Would you like more street lighting in your neighborhood?
|No ||82% |
If you do not receive reclaimed water, would you like to have this service in the future?
| 36% |
|No || 64% |
What are the five top-ranked improvements or activities respondents would like to see in residential areas?
Neighborhood watch groups
|Landscaping improvements |
|Volunteer cleanup programs |
|Retention pond landscaping |
|Neighborhood parks and playgrounds |
I am concerned about the availability of affordable housing. *
|Agree ||30% |
|Neither agree nor disagree ||14% |
|Disagree ||6% |
|Strongly disagree ||4% |
*percentages are rounded
The five top-ranked recreational areas in which respondents want to see improvements.
|Bicycle trails/facilities |
|Indoor swimming pools |
|Dog parks |
|Neighborhood parks |
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