One of the joys of living in a strong community like Rosemount is that so many people are well informed about what’s happening locally, and they have well-informed opinions. As mayor, I ask the folks I speak with to share those views.
But as our population approaches 23,000, city council members and I don’t get to meet with everyone. That’s why we’re making an investment in a scientifically drawn survey of the community. The council last week approved a contract with The Morris-Leatherman Group to poll Rosemount residents.
This is the first time in seven years the city has commissioned such a survey. For a while the city was surveyed every other year, but we put that on hold when the economy slowed down.
The city’s gr-owth slowed down, too, but change in Rosemount kept coming. The population demographics are different in a few ways: older median age, more diverse. We know those changes will have an impact on the services the city should provide.
We also know it’s important to find out what residents think of the city’s customer service. As we’ve tried to operate more efficiently, we’ve changed the way we deploy city staff, and we want to make sure it’s working. The research firm that we’re employing will be able to compare us with other cities in the region to help us decide if our service levels are reasonable.
And we especially are interested in whether a large proportion of our residents have views that will point us in new directions for the planning that the council does annually to set the goals for Rosemount city government. That helps us direct tax money in the ways that our citizens want and need.
We’re currently working with the survey firm to create the appropriate questions for this project. The firm will be calling a sample of Rosemount households in April or May, and the results will be ready by June — in time to inform our early decisions on next year’s budget.
The sample for this survey will be scientifically selected. The chance your home will get a call is probably one in 20 — much better odds than the Powerball, certainly. And although there’s not a million-dollar jackpot, the benefits to the future of your hometown will be extremely valuable.
Please take the time to share your opinion if you’re a “winner” and you get the call. And if you don’t, you can always reach us at email@example.com. When we all have a voice, we all win this contest.
This column was written by Mayor Bill Droste.