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2003 Citizen Survey Results

City Budget Priorities

In this section, respondents provided input in setting long-term budget priorities by performing two tasks. In the first task, the questionnaire asked respondents to rate a list of items in terms of the priority that each one should be given for receiving budget dollars. The five-point rating scale went from "extremely low priority" to "extremely high priority", and respondents were not constrained in terms of the number of items that they could rate as "high priority" or "extremely high priority".

Table 17 shows the list of items that respondents were asked to rate and the distribution of responses by rating. The items are listed in rank order, from highest to lowest, using the sum of "high priority" and "extremely high priority" responses as the ranking criterion. In many cases, the difference between one item and the next is not statistically significant. Nevertheless, Table 17 points out that respondents give relatively high priority to affordable housing, youth recreation programs and maintenance of recreational and transportation facilities.

Table 17: Items and Distribution of Budget Priority Rating Responses

 

Percent of 785 Respondents

Extremely Low Priority

Low Priority

Medium Priority

High Priority

Extremely High Priority

No Opinion

Maintaining pothole repairs

0.1%

1.8%

22.6%

46.9%

23.8%

4.9%

Maintaining efforts to provide affordable housing in Fort Collins

2.4%

5.4%

19.2%

38.7%

28.7%

5.6%

Maintaining youth recreation programs

0.6%

2.5%

22.4%

46.1%

20.7%

7.7%

Continuing current level of park maintenance

0.2%

3.0%

29.5%

49.6%

12.7%

5.0%

Continuing current level of foot and bike trail maintenance

0.9%

4.9%

29.1%

38.8%

20.9%

5.4%

Maintaining street repaving program

0.8%

3.3%

34.8%

40.2%

16.1%

4.7%

Maintaining current level of recycling programs

2.1%

7.7%

30.2%

32.7%

21.1%

6.1%

Maintaining efforts to promote alternative forms of transportation,
such as carpooling, TransFort, bicycling and walking

4.5%

10.4%

27.6%

27.5%

25.3%

4.7%

Hiring additional staff for new fire station

0.9%

7.4%

30.7%

36.3%

13.0%

11.6%

Maintaining current number of TransFort bus routes

4.0%

9.6%

28.8%

30.7%

16.2%

10.7%

Hiring additional police officers

5.6%

10.7%

29.2%

28.7%

16.2%

9.6%

Maintaining current library hours

0.6%

9.6%

36.6%

31.6%

12.5%

9.0%

Maintaining code enforcement and public nuisance services

5.9%

12.9%

32.8%

30.3%

12.3%

5.8%

Subsidizing events in Fort Collins

6.2%

19.2%

35.4%

24.6%

8.4%

6.2%

Maintaining City website (www.fcgov.com)

4.6%

17.7%

37.4%

22.9%

6.0%

11.4%

Maintaining adult recreation programs

1.5%

17.8%

44.4%

22.7%

5.0%

8.7%

Maintaining neighborhood-based support services

3.3%

16.5%

35.4%

21.7%

5.2%

17.9%

 

In the second task, the questionnaire asked respondents to pick only three items that should be given the highest priority in receiving budget dollars. Respondents selected these three items from the same list used in the first task. Table 18 shows the items ranked by the percentage of respondents that selected each one. Once again, the difference between one item and the next may not be statistically significant. Although the relative priority given to some items shifts when respondents are asked to make difficult choices in selecting only three items, affordable housing and youth recreation programs remain at the top of the list.

Table 18: Selection of Items for Receiving Highest Budget Priority

 

Percent of 785 Respondents

Selected First

Selected Second

Selected Third

Total Selected

Maintaining efforts to provide affordable housing in Fort Collins

11.9%

9.1%

10.3%

31.3%

Maintaining youth recreation programs

6.5%

9.0%

5.7%

21.2%

Hiring additional police officers

7.2%

8.2%

4.7%

20.1%

Maintaining efforts to promote alternative forms of transportation, such as carpooling, TransFort, bicycling and walking

5.9%

5.5%

6.7%

18.1%

Continuing current level of foot and bike trail maintenance

6.9%

4.7%

5.9%

17.5%

Maintaining street repaving program

6.4%

5.8%

4.9%

17.1%

Continuing current level of park maintenance

6.1%

5.1%

4.9%

16.1%

Hiring additional staff for new fire station

7.3%

4.9%

3.8%

16.0%

Maintaining pothole repairs

3.5%

5.9%

6.5%

15.9%

Maintaining current level of recycling programs

3.2%

5.5%

5.2%

13.9%

Maintaining code enforcement and public nuisance services

4.3%

3.2%

3.5%

11.0%

Maintaining current number of TransFort bus routes

3.8%

3.3%

2.7%

9.8%

Maintaining current library hours

1.7%

2.8%

2.7%

7.2%

Subsidizing events in Fort Collins

0.8%

1.4%

2.4%

4.6%

Maintaining adult recreation programs

1.1%

0.8%

1.8%

3.7%

Maintaining City website (www.fcgov.com)

0.1%

1.0%

2.0%

3.1%

Maintaining neighborhood-based support services

0.3%

0.5%

1.5%

2.3%