From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911 Date: 03-13-12

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Community Survey shows majority support for job growth, favorable attitude toward county services

Three-quarters of Clackamas County residents approve of the quality and performance of services being provided by the county and a near majority believe the county is "headed in the right direction" according to a recently completed survey of 400 county residents compiled by DHM Research.

 

Seventy-five percent of those polled rated job creation as an urgent or high priority, followed by public safety concerns and supporting social service programs. The percentage of respondents who identified economic growth as their number one concern grew from 6 percent in 2008 to 20 percent. Road maintenance issues were a close second at 18 percent, yet a majority of respondents do not favor the creation of revenue streams to dedicate toward long-term road maintenance.

 

Opinions were closely split on the proposed Portland-Milwaukie Light rail expansion. Thirty-seven percent reported positive feelings about the project compared to 34 percent reported negative feelings and 27 percent were neutral.

Other key findings:
• More than 90 percent of the respondents indicated that it was important to have accessible information online.
• Forty-six percent believe the county is headed in the right direction and 29 percent said it is headed on the wrong track. Of that group, residents aged 18 to 54 were more upbeat.
• Respondents who believed taxes were too high more than doubled from four years ago.
• Land use, population growth and public safety were trumped by more pressing issues in the survey.

 

"This survey is an extremely valuable source of public input. Our residents have told us that they are overwhelming pleased with the services the county provides.  Commissioners and staff will use this input to inform our thinking on many key issues and priorities going forward," said Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Chair Charlotte Lehan.

 

The community survey has been conducted every four years to gauge citizen perceptions satisfactions with county programs and services. The survey will now be conducted every two years, beginning this year.  This year for the first time also included an online component to the survey.

 

A copy of the DHM analysis is attached and will be posted to the County website at www.clackamas.us. Also the public can go to the website and take an online version of the survey through Thursday, March 15.

 For more information, contact Tim Heider at 503-742-5911.

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