Public Involvement in Local Decisions per the Resident Survey Index
The target is set at 50% for this measure. That would mean that at least half of our residents feel like they have a say in local decisions on how tax dollars are spent.
This measure has inched steadily up since 2016 when there was a dramatic decline in the number of residents that feel there's public involvement in local decisions. That drop in 2016 corresponded with a national drop and resulted in ETC dropping their own national benchmark.
The City is continuing to expand opportunities for public involvement in local government decision-making. The Resident Survey itself, now conducted annually, helps to determine budget priorities each year. This year the City launched a Participatory Budgeting process that will allow residents to identify projects and vote to fund them with $2.4 million that has been set aside in the budget. To date the outreach and idea phases have been completed, with over 500 ideas being submitted. Staff and residents are vetting those ideas to narrow them down for residents to vote on in May.
Status Indicators: On Target | Close to Target | Needs Improvement | Target Pending