Two 10-minute surveys, one general survey and one Parks and Recreation survey, have been added to the City of Sparks website to help gauge the public’s views on budgetary issues and where limited funds should be spent. The survey is available until March 29 at which point the SCAC will compile the data and present it to the Sparks City Council, according to City of Sparks Community Relations Manager Adam Mayberry.
Mayberry is also the city’s liaison on the SCAC and he said Friday that the general survey is a product of a couple months work by the SCAC in hopes of gaining better insight from all Sparks residents.
“The SCAC formed a subcommittee to come up with the questions so this is a very organic, grassroots survey through the eyes of people who live in the city of Sparks,” Mayberry said. “These individuals are bright, dedicated to the community and not necessarily skilled in survey research. The intent was to provide a survey through their eyes.”
The survey asks citizens to rank city services in order of importance while choosing from a list that includes police and fire services, city code enforcement, event management, regional and neighborhood parks, public transit, roads, flood prevention and infrastructure.
After ranking the services on a scale of “more important, important or less important” the survey then asks citizens to distribute funds from a $100 budget to their ‘more important’ services. Mayberry said this helps the SCAC and City Council prioritize the desires of the public even further.
“It is not intended to be the end-all for the budget process, its real objective is to provide the citizen component to the city budget process,” Mayberry said. “It is not intended to be scientific or accurate it is really intended to be an organic survey of the topics and discussion points that are on their minds as they reach out to their fellow citizens.”
The City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department survey will aid in updating the city’s Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan. The survey first asks citizens basic questions about regional and local parks located in Sparks before asking citizens to organize their goals in the Parks and Rec Department including recreation programs, special events, and volunteerism. The survey also examines what services citizens would reduce funding to in order to provide for the services they feel are most important.
Both the general and Parks and Rec surveys are available online at www.cityofsparks.us and must be taken by March 29.