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Survey: Residents happy with quality of life in Woodbury

A biennial survey conducted in the City of Woodbury reveals that residents are overall happy with the quality of life.

At tonight's workshop, Woodbury City Council will discuss the results that state more people consider property taxes as "about average," communication between the city and residents is good compared to other suburban communities and growth remains a concern, but it continues to diminish as an issue from its highest 1997 level.

Out of about 400 randomly selected residents of Woodbury, 20 percent said growth is considered the most serious issue facing the community, 10 percent say traffic congestion is the most serious, while six percent are concerned about high taxes.

The survey also states that 95 percent rate the general sense of community among Woodbury residents as "excellent" or "good." More parks and more community events lead the list of suggestions by the residents who rate the sense of community lower.

Residents generally opposed an increase in property taxes and 38 percent consider city property taxes to be either "very high" or "somewhat high," down 16 percent from the 2009 figures. Forty-nine percent say taxes are average, while three percent saw them as "somewhat low."

More than 95 percent of the residents rated parks, recreation facilities, emergency medical services and police protection favorably.

Decision Resources, inc. was the consulting company that conducted the survey. An average of about 31 minutes was the time it took to survey residents over the phone between Feb. 15 and March 9, 2011.

A presentation at tonight's meeting will highlight survey results and discuss them with the city council at 6:30 p.m.

Also on the agenda tonight is a discussion regarding 2011-2013 strategic initiative options, which include the Bielenberg Sports Center expansion and reconstruction, street maintenance and future funding plan and phase two implementation of the comprehensive plan.

The meeting will also be televised on cable TV, a departure from the usual workshop practice.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.