1/9/2013 7:57:00 AM Mayor's Report - Survey answers will help with upcoming decisions
By Mayor Chris Marley
As Mayor of Chino Valley, I would like to thank those citizens who participated in our town survey during the month of November. Your input will help your town council in the decision making process in the months ahead, and gives us clear direction regarding the will of the people. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank our survey team for all of their work in helping to get the survey into the homes of our citizens and collecting the results.
The surveys were sent to the homes of our registered voters who live within the town limits (thus ensuring that only those affected by the survey results had input), and each survey enclosed a self-addressed envelope to mail back the survey or drop it off at any of four convenient locations in the town. An online option was also available for those who were unable to get to the post office or drop boxes. Prior to the survey deadline, a mayor's report was published in the Chino Valley Review detailing the importance of filling out the survey itself, which consisted of an explanatory cover letter and five questions. Finally, an informational meeting was held for the public on Nov. 15 for anyone who had any questions regarding the survey. Both citizens who came to that meeting were given ample opportunity to voice their concerns and have their questions fully answered. In all, the town received over 1,300 surveys, which was a response rate of almost 23 percent.
The survey results were outlined in detail at the Dec. 6 study session and the Dec. 11 town council meeting, and gave us information on which programs and services are used most often (the library came in No. 1), which programs and services are considered to be most important by our citizens (public safety was No. 1), and which alternative revenue sources (such as property taxes or sales taxes) would be supported by our citizens (sales tax won over property tax roughly 3 to 1). Also included was a question regarding which services our citizens would be willing to fund through those taxes (public safety was No. 1), and finally a question regarding the possible sale of revenue bonds to fund economic development projects. Bonding for sewer and water got a 49 percent yes vote, and bonding for an industrial park got a 33 percent yes vote.
As you can see, your vote really does count. On behalf of the Chino Valley Town Council, I thank you for taking the time to participate in your local government.
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Thanks to Mayor Marley for the results of the survey taken in November. I'm glad to know that the library is the most used service...hopefully it will be funded accordingly.
As I mentioned in a previous comment, it is most unfortunate that sales taxes will be raised in 2013! Of course property owners would vote for raising sales tax instead of property tax. All they have to do to avoid paying for services (which are becoming more expensive) in the Town of Chino Valley is to shop in Prescott or Prescott Valley. Is this fair? Think about it...residents of Chino who are not property owners, who may not have dependable means of transportation (sounds like the less fortunate to me) pay more taxes than property owners. Surely there are other options to close the budget gaps. Please get creative Town Council!