To The Daily Sun,
Four members of the Sanbornton Budget Committee were interested in determining how town residents viewed town services and taxes, so we decided to fund, with our own money, a survey to determine resident opinions. It was also hoped that the survey would spark a town debate about upcoming warrant articles and possibility lead to higher participation at the March 11 Town Meeting.
The committee mailed 1,311 questionnaires. To date 228 residents returned the survey, a 17 percent response rate. An abbreviated version of the survey results is presented below. Not everyone answered every question, and some marked a question with more than one response. To compensate, resident responses are presented as a percentage based on the actual number of answers to each question.
In summary, 61 percent of town residents thought property taxes were too high. Town services were about right according to 51 percent. Forty-two percent thought the Highway Department should be favored if taxes were to remain the same. If services were to be cut 31 percent wanted recreation to take the reduction. Fifty percent thought the town has the right number of employees, and 72 percent said user fees should not be increased to boost town revenue.
The entire survey, complete with all the responses to each question, has been posted on the Concerned Citizens for Sanbornton Facebook page. "Like us" on Facebook to receive updates as more responses come in.
The above comments are not necessarily endorsed by every member of the Sanbornton Budget Committee.
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