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City happiness measured in survey

Penticton city council wants to know that residents think of their community through an online and telephone survey.
September 03, 2013 - 12:14 PM

PENTICTON - If you think you're not being taxed enough there's an app for that.

Penticton launched a survey Tuesday to find out what citizens think about their community and whether they would support more taxes for more revenue. The survey also has boxes for how friendly city staff are, how quickly the new patient care tower should be built for Penticton Regional Hospital and more.

Deputy mayor Wes Hopkin said survey results help with the budget process. A phone survey will also be conducted over the next two weeks. This is the second citizen survey and response data from 2012 will be compared with results from 2013. 

Last year, citizens wanted more focus on economic development and downtown revitalization and this shaped staff work plans for 2013, city spokesperson Simone Blais says. It also improved how the city communicated with its residents.

"This year offers us some of the most valuable info of all (which is) comparative data. Being able to measure year over year how we are doing helps us understand how we are doing."

Citizens have until Sept. 23 to complete the online survey and the findings will be presented this fall.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065, tweet @shannonquesnel1 or @InfoNewsPentict

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