Red Deerians give city high marks for quality of life
Ninety-seven per cent of Red Deer citizens say the quality of life in the city is good to very good, according to the 2013 Ipsos Reid Citizen Satisfaction Survey.
The annual survey allows the city to gauge how satisfied people are with City of Red Deer services, programs and initiatives. The results are used as a tool at budget time.
Among the highlights, the survey found 83 per cent of Red Deerians felt they received good value for their tax dollar and 54 per cent of residents would support increasing taxes to enhance or maintain services.
Thirty per cent of residents favoured cutting services to maintain or reduce taxes.
Forty-one per cent of residents reported that transportation was the most important issue facing the community and 54 per cent feel that the city is doing a very good or somewhat good job of managing our road infrastructure, a seven per cent decrease from 2012.
In terms of other infrastructure, respondents felt the city is doing a very good or somewhat good job of managing recreation facilities (92 per cent); water (89 per cent) and wastewater (86 per cent) treatment facilities and transit system (74 per cent).
The survey was conducted by telephone from May 29 to June 9 by Ipsos Reid. A sample of 300 randomly selected residents aged 18 years or older took part.
Red Deer city council will hear a presentation on the results at the next meeting on Monday.