Satisfaction with life in Mesa County increasing

By: Leigh Ashman Email
By: Leigh Ashman Email

Results from a recent poll of Mesa County residents are in and according to the county’s latest Citizen Attitude Survey, almost 80 percent of responders rate the quality of life in Mesa County as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
The survey also indicates a solid majority is also satisfied with the overall quality of services provided by the Mesa County government.
The survey was administered by the ETC Institute, a company that conducts similar surveys elsewhere in the country. A company spokeswoman says with the current economy, many governments are seeing significant declines in their citizens’ opinions of their services but that Mesa County’s results are unusually positive.
Areas that saw significant improvement since the last survey in 2007 include: believing Mesa County is good place to raise a family, recreation, ease of travel, condition of major roads, employment, growth management and quality of law enforcement.
“These improvements haven’t come at the expense of other services,” says County Commissioner Craig Meis. “We’re still doing well in other areas. To me, that means we’re spending our dollars in the right places.”
Most of the questions in the survey also show Mesa County is doing better than the regional or national averages,” says County Commissioner Janet Rowland. “On average, sixteen percent more of our citizens rate county services as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ than citizens in other counties around the Rocky Mountain region.”
The survey also identified areas where the county could see greater improvements, including: continued emphasis on county land use planning and issues related to managing growth, investment in transportation infrastructure, and efforts to promote the health and success of citizens.
County Commissioners say the survey is conducted every two years so residents can guide county leaders in important decisions about daily operations as well as identifying long-term goals. Full survey results can be found on the Mesa County Web site. Look for the ‘2009 Citizen Attitude Survey’ at www.mesacounty.us.


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