City of Boise Gets 4.5 out of 5 Stars on Biennial Citizen Survey 

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The results are in: According to its biennial citizen survey, the City of Boise has scored high marks—4.5 out of 5 stars—when it comes to quality of life, services, leadership and other factors.

Here are some of the highlights, according to the city:
  • 92 percent of respondents agreed that the quality of life in the City of Trees exceeds expectations
  • 85 percent of respondents agreed that quality of city services exceeds expectations
  • 94 percent agreed Boise compares favorably to other cities
  • 67 percent "somewhat agree" or "strongly agree" that the city is heading in the right direction
  • 73 percent "somewhat agree" or "strongly agree" that they get a good value in city services relative to taxes
The survey, conducted by the Seattle-based Northwest Research Group, uses a five-star rating system to measure public opinion of overall performance, taxes, budget priorities, livability, the economy, housing, the environment, communication, safety, transportation and demographics. It was conducted on 15,000 Boise households using address-based sampling, cellular and landline phones, and email. It has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

 
click to enlarge - Overall key community dimension scores, on a scale of 1-10, from the 2018 Citizen Survey. -  - CITY OF BOISE
  • City of Boise
  • Overall key community dimension scores, on a scale of 1-10, from the 2018 Citizen Survey.

Other takeaways from the survey include insight into how Boiseans see issues like growth, housing and transportation. Specifically, 24 percent of respondents said they were willing to pay more in property taxes to maintain current services, and 42 percent of respondents said they would pay more in property taxes if it meant increasing levels of services. Approximately 60 percent of respondents said they would support a two-year property tax levy to create an affordable housing fund. When it comes to transportation, 90 percent of respondents said cars were their primary form of transportation, and half said the frequency of public transportation services meets or exceeds expectations.
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