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Yakima Citizen Survey Results

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The results of a recent public survey in Yakima are shedding some light on certain areas people think need improvement.

The survey was sent out earlier this year at the request of new City Manager, Tony O'Rourke. 

The results give the city feedback on a range of issues from quality of life, to how people think certain city services are performing.

 Street repairs are a hot topic in Yakima. According to the survey, 50% of those who responded would support a $20 car tab fee to be used for repairs versus an increase in property tax. 

As far as city services, the Yakima Fire Department did the best with 84% giving excellent or good responses. YPD came in at 54% and code enforcement is at the bottom of the list with only 15% happy with them. 

"It'll provide us a really clear roadmap of how we need to improve our performance and meet better, the expectations of this community. And they deserve it and we're here to deliver on that," says O'Rourke.

O'Rourke says another survey will be sent out in a year to see if people think things are getting better or worse. The survey cost the city about $30,000, but the city manager says it's money well spent to get the city in the right direction.