City creates survey for feedback on public safety

Insisting they want an honest assessment, Grand Junction city officials announced Wednesday the creation of a Web-based survey that seeks answers as to why voters rejected a pair of ballot measures that would have allowed the city to build $98 million in new public safety buildings.

City Manager Laurie Kadrich asked city residents to fill out the survey, which is available at the top of the city’s Web page, http://www.gjcity.org. The survey asks four questions: two regarding why voters turned down a quarter-cent sales-tax increase and a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights override, and two regarding what the city could have done differently to pass the questions.

Residents can also offer thoughts and comments by e-mailing Kadrich at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Kadrich asked residents to fill out the survey in the next three to four weeks. The survey results will be passed along to Deputy City Manager Rich Englehart, who is leading a team of city employees in gathering feedback and examining what city officials did correctly or incorrectly in regards to the ballot measures.

Kadrich said the employee team intends to distribute the survey to as many groups as possible in the next month, as well as conduct focus groups and contact residents one-on-one.

She said she expects the information will be presented to the City Council with a recommendation on how to proceed within a month.

Kadrich estimated she has spoken to 40 people in the last six weeks about the ballot measures, and she said nearly all of them have offered different reasons why they voted for or against the questions. She said she hopes the survey presents some common reasons why the measures failed.

“Without a consistent theme, it’s difficult to go forward with a recommendation,” she said.


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