Tigard residents believe high-capacity transit will cut down on congestion and are wary of reopening the library on Thursdays and city hall on Fridays, according to a survey.
The results of the telephone survey, with 300 respondents, were presented to Tigard City Council Dec. 17. Here are some other quick takeaways from the survey:
- Most residents believe high-capacity transit — even light rail — would reduce congestion on Pacific Highway/Oregon 99W. This comes amid an upcoming March ballot measure calling for the city to oppose a high-capacity transit corridor without voter approval.
- Of 11 options, bringing new jobs and retaining businesses was considered the most important change for Tigard. The city hired a new economic development manager earlier this year
- Residents opposed a $34 million bond for a new police station by a 2-1 margin.
- All demographics groups are more likely to rely on city-managed sources for Tigard news than newspapers such as yours truly. But the majority of respondents think the city should save $78,000 by sending the city newsletter electronically, while keeping a print version for those who want it.
- A slim majority supported the city's long-term vision of becoming "The most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives."
The respondents were mostly older (62 percent were 55 or older) and not employed full-time. Responses by younger people were given greater weight.
More than 600 people also filled out an identical online survey, but those results haven't been released yet. Tigard Senior Management Analyst Kent Wyatt said the results weren't much different, except the respondents were younger and supported parks, recreation and city communication more strongly. Focus groups will be held in January and February.
The results of these surveys can be used as a gauge of public opinion when setting priorities for the budget.
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