Fruita Survey critical for governmental decisions

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) -- The City of Fruita is looking to make improvements, but not without the community's input- giving Fruita residents the chance to effect real changes in their hometown.

The City of Fruita has sent out 5,000 surveys to residents with questions about their satisfaction with city services, tax dollars, free and overall image of the city. And officials say it's a critical tool they use when it comes to making governmental decisions.

The City of Fruita has 46 questions ranging from recreation to perceptions of safety- they want residents to answer, in order to make Fruita an even better city to live in.

Clint Kinney, the City Manager of Fruita, says the survey is a way for the community to provide feedback to the city.

“We're a small town and we're really proud of our small town atmosphere, and one of the ways to do that is to listen to the folks that live here," said Kinney.

City surveys are supposed to be conducted every two years, but due to budget cuts, a Fruita City Survey hasn't been conducted since 2009.

However, in 2012 when the current board was elected, they decided to reinstitute a city survey in order to understand what the citizens want.

“With this information, we set budgets, we set levels of service, we understand what demands people want met," said Kinney.

So far more than 800 surveys have been completed. Officials say nearly four weeks ago, paper versions of the survey were delivered to every Fruita Household. And they hope to wrap up the survey process over the next two weeks.

The Fruita City Survey can be completed and returned to City Hall or you can take the survey online.

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