Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged all residents to take a new online survey at lincoln.ne.gov to share their ideas on City programs and spending. The survey is part of the Taking Charge initiative, which Beutler credits with helping the City develop the consensus needed to move forward.
"We set goals, developed performance standards and prioritized programs so our citizens would have a clear sense of what we wanted to accomplish and how we hoped to get there," Beutler said. "The survey asks you to examine facts, weigh them against your priorities for City service, and tell us if our service level should increase, decrease or remain the same. The results are important in establishing our community's strategic direction."
The City has continued to partner with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center on the Taking Charge process, which began in 2008. The survey will be available online for about a month. Residents also are invited to complete a set of survey exercises to be included in the Neighborhood Extra found in the Lincoln Journal Star Saturday, July 28. Those interested in being part of a Community Conversation on the issues can provide contact information through the survey, the exercises or by contacting the Mayor's Office at 402-441-7511.
The online survey includes three sections:
The Mayor said participants will be asked more complicated questions than in past surveys, but the primary portion of the survey can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes. Participants will have the opportunity to take more time to complete additional sections and provide more information depending on their interests.
"Successful businesses and organizations set standards and goals because they drive employee behavior and boost performance," Mayor Beutler said. "The 2013 Taking Charge survey is about setting those standards and goals so citizens can drive City Hall's policies and boost our performance. I urge you to be part of the solution and make your voice heard by taking this year's survey."
More information on the Taking Charge process is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: taking charge). More information on the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is available at ppc.nebraska.edu.