Five Points of Wisdom: The New Survey Results are In
As elected officials and city staff members, it is our duty to ensure that Cottonwood Heights is the best possible version of itself. We take great pride in our city and want to make sure that we are attentive to our No. 1 priority, which is our residents. Therefore, in November, we administered a scientific random sample survey to better understand which items are the most important to Cottonwood Heights citizens. The survey included a random sample of residents who participated.
In January, we received the results of the survey. This feedback is particularly important in determining how we prioritize our planning and efforts to make Cottonwood Heights the best place it can possibly be. Listed here are our five big takeaways from the survey:
1. A majority of residents report high quality of life and approve of the direction the city is headed. 3-out-of-4 approve of city elected officials’ job performance, and 2-out-of-3 say they receive an excellent or good value for their tax dollar.
This is reassuring news and supports our goals. We understand that people choose to live here because of our high quality of life and premium value. Seeing that most of the residents surveyed seem satisfied with the state of our city lets us know that we are doing some things right. We always want to improve and like to hear what we can do to keep getting better.
2. Residents most positive evaluations of Cottonwood Heights focus on safety and family-friendliness, as well as its convenient and scenic location.
Our city is beautiful, and our location is simply the best in the valley when it comes to recreational activities combined with convenience. With freeway access and unmatched proximity to the canyons, it is our responsibility to protect and preserve our attractive and pristine home. We are glad to hear that residents value the safety of our community as much as we do.
3. When asked if they would rather see the city use existing funds and reduce other service expenditures or assess a new storm water fee to address infrastructure needs, two-thirds of respondents say they would rather use existing funds and reduce expenditures elsewhere.
Fiscal responsibility is extremely important to us as a Council. We value our resources and we will look at all avenues and options as we determine how to continually update our infrastructure. Our staff takes tremendous pride and caution when looking at city finances and we are proud of their diligence. This takeaway from the survey will have to be evaluated, as we know there are needs to upgrade city infrastructure.
4. When considering how they would choose to allocate funds from the Cottonwood Heights City budget if the decision were theirs, respondents allocate an average of 10% of their budget to street maintenance. Other top priorities include snow removal, renewable energy, and city parks.
There are several shared resources here in the city. However, the No. 1 shared resource is our city streets. The maintenance and upkeep of this critical infrastructure impacts everyone which is why street maintenance and snow removal remain top of mind. We are also striving to implement policies related to renewable energy and have goals to be a completely “green” community within the next 10 years.
5. Residents are generally interested in seeing off-leash dog areas created in Cottonwood Heights City parks. Just over half of residents would like to see a portion of their favorite park devoted to off-leash dogs, and off-leash dog areas are commonly requested improvements for parks throughout the city.
As a Council, we have discussed at great length funding a dog park in Cottonwood Heights. We’ve worked with staff to develop a timeline to formulate a decision on investing in a dog park in the city. We will definitely deliberate soon.
We truly appreciate feedback from our residents and the survey is available to view and download on our website. There are many ways to give feedback: online, via email or over the phone, and we are always ready to listen. The input helps us understand public views which helps in the decision-making process.
I repeat this often, I like to hear your concerns. I love to hear your solutions.
Tali Bruce - Council Woman Cottonwood Heights District 3