Sample Survey Questions 5

Belzoni & Humphreys County Strategic Plan – 74 surveys
Community Survey Questionnaire
Your answers to the following questions will help guide the effort to prepare a Strategic Master Plan for Belzoni &
Humphreys County. The survey will be used as a tool and responses will be confidential.
1.
What is your gender?
2.
What is your age?
Male - 18
Female - 57
18-25
26-35
36-45
3
13
10
3. How long have you lived in Belzoni/Humphreys County? 0-5 years
6
QUALITY OF LIFE
4.
5.
6.
46-55
56-65
65+
17
12
18
5-10 years 10-20 years
9
5
How satisfied are you with living in Belzoni /Humphreys County? (Circle one)
Very Satisfied
Satisfied
Dissatisfied
Very Dissatisfied
5
41
12
9
What do you like most about living in Belzoni/Humphreys County?
-small town convenience
-the cost of living
-medical facilities
-knowing everyone
-quiet town
-Friendly town
-family atmosphere
-caring community
-peaceful neighborhood
-library
What do you like least about living in Belzoni/Humphreys County?
Continuous tax increases
Leaders elected by popularity rather that competency
Wasteful spending by city/county elected officials
Very little population growth
No activities for youth/adults
Need more diverse stores so we can shop in town
Lack of housing
Lack of recreational/entertainment activities
Lack of stores
Poor academically performing schools
City not kept clean
Expensive car tags
Complacency
Poor streets/roads
Loud music
Pants hanging down
Quality of city/county leadership
Disrespectful citizens
Law officers breaking laws
More places to eat
Race Relations
Feel unsafe at times
Only one grocery store (lack of competition )
Slow law enforcement response
Law enforcement think they are above the law
Many people hanging out on the street corners
No Opinion
4
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20+ years
54
7.
Declining population
Decreased economic activity
High drop out rate of schools
Only one grocery store
Lack of community leaders
Roads need to be mowed more often
Poverty
People define Quality of Life in different ways. What one word or phrase best defines “Quality of Life” to you?
Is this a word or phrase you would use to describe Belzoni/Humphreys County? (Circle one)
Yes
No
NO
Rest & peace
Availability with choices
Great education
Health
Security
Showing God’s love
Integrity
Peace of mind
Blessed
Healthcare
Housing
Clean Streets
Quality entertainment
Feeling content & happy
YES
Simple
Spirited
Satisfaction
Happy
Peace
8.
How would you categorize the quality of life in Belzoni/Humphreys County?
1 -Best in Mississippi Delta
5 -One of the best in Mississippi Delta
14 -Generally good
37 -Has been deteriorating
9.
15 - Below average
11 - Poor
1 - No opinion
How important are the following factors to the quality of life in Belzoni/Humphreys County? (Check one box that
applies to each factor)
Safe place to live
Clean and attractive
Hometown atmosphere
Adequate medical facilities
Vibrant ‘Downtown’ area
Selection of housing
Quality of schools
Shopping opportunities
Very
Important
68
51
47
48
42
32
62
31
Important
3
16
22
12
22
30
7
32
Somewhat
Important
2
2
4
4
6
2
6
Not at All
Important
1
2
1
1
2
4
2
5
No
Opinion
1
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Environmental quality of
water and open space
Parks and recreation
facilities (public & private)
Public services
(Library, Police, Fire)
Proximity to employment
Transportation system
with easy access
throughout the city
Walkability
47
Very
Important
28
14
Important
31
7
2
Somewhat
Important
13
1
Not at all
Important
4
No Opinion
1
56
18
2
-
-
40
33
20
20
4
14
1
1
1
34
23
12
3
-
Other: ______________________________________________________________________________
10. Over the past five years, do you believe Belzoni/Humphreys County’s quality of life has improved, stayed about the
same, or declined? (Circle one)
Improved - 5
Stayed about the same - 25
Declined - 44
If improved, why do you believe the community has improved?
-city park
-sidewalks
If declined, why do you believe the community has declined?
We are losing good citizens
Overall appearance of town
Lack of jobs
Nothing to do
Taxes keep increasing & services are decreasing
Affordable housing
Poor city /county government
Not spending public funds wisely
City /county services have declined
City/county governments have no vision
Streets/roads have declined
Crime rate
Poor schools
No shopping opportunities
Laws not enforced
Lazy people
No sense of pride
Drugs
Newspaper has very little local news
11. Would you recommend Belzoni/Humphreys County to your family or friends as a good place to live?
Yes -23
No - 39
If Yes, what would be the one major reason?
YESSmall town atmosphere
The churches
People look out for each other
Family oriented
Affordability
Safe place to live
Livable community
Hometown Feel
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If No, what would be the one major reason?
NO
Lack of employment opportunities
Lack of Housing
Lack of shopping centers
Not a very good school system
Lack of youth activities
Appearance of town
Need vision in elected officials and community leaders
Streets/roads are poor
Drugs
Abandoned houses
Cars parked in front yards
Limited resources
12. Does Belzoni/Humphreys County offer the housing and services to allow you to age in place (continue to live in
Belzoni/Humphreys County) if you choose to do so?
Yes - 21
No - 30
13. What would you say is the most critical issue facing Belzoni/Humphreys County today?
Belzoni Police Department
City/county government priorities
Housing
Jobs
Lack of retail businesses
Poor city/county government
Cleanup the town/county
Improving education
City/county don’t work together
Drug problem
Activities for youth
Lack of leadership in city/county elected officials
Lack of city/county government services
Infrastructure-streets/roads/sewage
Entertainment
Motels
Poor law enforcement
No population growth
EMPLOYMENT
14. Does anyone in your household work outside of Belzoni/Humphreys County?
Yes - 25
No - 47
If Yes, why?
lack of employment base in Belzoni/Humphreys County,
better salary outside Belzoni/Humphreys County,
specialized job located elsewhere,
personal preference, other)
GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
15. What do you think about the current growth rate in Belzoni/Humphreys County?
Too Fast - 2
About Right - 7
Too Slow - 43
No Opinion – 18
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16. How strongly would you support or oppose policies regarding growth in Belzoni/Humphreys County? (Check one
box for each policy)
Strongly
Support
Policies that restrict growth
Policies that pace growth in
targeted areas
No policies; unlimited
growth
Support
Oppose
6
15
6
23
23
13
Strongly
Oppose
20
5
16
16
17
8
No
Opinion
7
7
6
17. Which of the following types of developments would you like to see more of in Belzoni/Humphreys County, keep at
the same level, or see fewer of? (Check one for each development type)
Office buildings
Retail centers
Neighborhood service retail
Mixed Use Developments (live/work)
Restaurants
Entertainment/attractions
Grocery stores
Hotels/motels
Industry
Business parks
Apartments
Townhouses
Condominiums
Starter Homes ($75,000-$150,000)
Moderate Homes ($150,000-$300,000)
Luxury Homes ($300,000+)
Retirement/Assisted Living Housing
Mobile Homes
Low-Income/Public Housing
More
47
54
41
39
52
59
47
41
57
38
29
35
27
41
28
19
43
6
18
Same
17
10
10
10
16
3
20
22
7
18
19
15
6
13
18
19
11
9
11
Fewer
3
3
1
2
1
2
2
17
11
8
6
8
10
3
30
27
No Opinion
3
1
7
5
2
1
5
1
6
3
9
20
6
9
15
4
11
7
18. In constructing future facilities, how important or unimportant are the following issues? (Check one box for each
issue)
That the facility generates
pride in the community
That it be attractive
That it be cutting edge
That it include significant
amounts of landscaping
That it be sustainable
That it be economical
Very
Important
62
Important
10
Somewhat
Important
4
Not at All
Important
-
No
Opinion
-
51
35
32
9
14
19
4
15
14
1
6
5
1
-
45
46
18
15
10
23
1
1
-
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PLANNING
19. Presently, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following aspects of Belzoni/Humphreys County? (Check
one box for each aspect)
Strongly
Satisfied
Dissatisfied
Strongly
No
Satisfied
Dissatisfied
Opinion
The number of retail
3
16
43
9
businesses in the city
The overall appearance
5
26
27
11
2
of your neighborhood
The overall appearance
2
25
36
9
2
of your city
The appearance of medians 2
40
21
7
1
and rights of way
Overall appearance of
1
44
36
3
3
commercial buildings
Overall quality of parks in
2
16
37
10
5
the city
Overall level of safety in
2
26
25
13
1
the community
Availability of well-paying,
0
25
32
3
diverse job opportunities
The distribution of com19
26
9
14
mercial and residential
land use throughout
the city
The quality and quantity of
19
27
20
6
public parks and recreation facilities
Quality of streets, water,
1
9
27
30
1
sewer, and infrastructure
Code enforcement
1
19
25
17
6
Vitality of aging
1
12
31
16
9
neighborhoods
20. What evening(s) during the week would be the most convenient for you to attend public meetings to gather input
for the Strategic Plan? (Circle all that apply)
Monday - 9
Tuesday - 20
Wednesday - 11
Thursday - 20
21. What form of communication do you prefer to be notified of public meetings? (Circle all that apply)
Mail -25
Newspaper-30
Foundation Website-3
E-mail -28
Facebook-10
Notification Address if desired:
Signs-9
Thank you for your time!
Please return completed survey by May 25, 2012 either by mail to Belzoni City Hall, POB 674, Belzoni, MS 39038 or you
can drop off the survey at Belzoni City Hall, 102 W. Jackson St, Belzoni, MS 39038 (you can use the drop off box outside
after normal business hours) or Catfish Museum, 110 Magnolia St. Belzoni, MS 39038 or mail to the Catfish Museum,
POB 145, Belzoni, MS 39038. You can fax the survey to 662-247-4805 or email to [email protected]
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