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Yakima citizens react to survey results

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Yakima, WASH.--The Yakima City Council was looking for community feedback and that's exactly what they got.

The results of the 2012 Citizen Survey were released Friday, and it showed what people were happy with and what they thought could use some work. Only 32 percent of the people surveyed believe youth services are up to par.

"There's not really much to do in Yakima," said Mackenzie Kinloch. "We do things like movies and Yogurt Shack, but there isn't really a lot to do. So we just have to hang out at people's houses."

Many believe that more services will help reduce gang violence and improve Yakima's reputation.

"Getting our kids more involved in youth programs would help get our kids off the streets and get them into something positive," said Christina Richardson.

"If people hear, oh I'm from Yakima, that's different," said Kinloch. "There's like a lot of gang violence here."

A whopping 88 percent would support a curbside recycling program, but only 19 percent would commend raising property taxes for street repairs.

"I think everybody is for keeping our environment clean, helping out dumpsites so that they don't get so overloaded, and protecting our atmosphere," said Richardson.

Only 28 percent think the overall direction that Yakima is taking is positive, but half of the people said Yakima is a good place to live.

"Whether it be regarding our roads, the sense of public safety, the lack of economic development and job opportunity, we need to address all these major issues and show that we're making progress." said City Manager Tony O'Rourke.

The city manager said they clearly have some work cut out for them, but now they have a better understanding of what people's concerns are.

The council will use these results to help develop a strategic plan for the city.