Police, roads praised in survey

Mesa County residents in general are satisfied with life in Mesa County and their government, according to a survey the county takes every two years to gauge residents’ opinions.

In some areas, such as law enforcement and quality of county roads, residents’ satisfaction has risen. But other areas, such as code enforcement and planning for growth, still need improvement, according to the survey results.

The telephone survey was conducted by ETC Institute, of Olathe, Kan., and the results were released Tuesday.

“Overall I am really pleased with the results of the survey,” County Administrator Jon Peacock said, adding the comparison between Mesa County and the rest of the nation was particularly satisfying.

“For most organizations, service levels and satisfaction levels are dropping, and that is not the case for Mesa County,” Peacock said. “And it shows that the investments we have made in making budget decisions and allocating resources has been well spent.”

Some of the more tantalizing results:

Respondents said service slipped in the areas of educating people on importance of nutrition and health issues. It went from 60 percent in 2007 to 54 percent in 2009. Ratings of county health clinics also slipped from 59 percent in 2009 to 64 percent in 2007.

People feel safer in the county, according to the survey. The public’s perceived quality of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department went up from 64 percent in 2007 to 72 percent in 2009.

Roads are another hot-button issue. In 2007 those who felt very satisfied or satisfied represented 39 percent of respondents. In 2009 the number went up to 55 percent.

And respondents’ satisfaction in county code enforcement, those who were satisfied or very satisfied, increased from 33 percent in 2007 to 40 percent of respondents in 2009.


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