Thanks from League of Women Voters

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2008

Did you know that Juneau residents favor increased funding of youth recreation programs and expanded bus service, and consider recycling and energy efficiency important city priorities? Statistical data on these and other questions responded to by Juneau residents were part of the League of Women Voters of Juneau biannual budget survey conducted during March for the city of Juneau.

The city Assembly uses the responses to these budget questions, along with other information, to help shape the city's budget. As in previous years, the League conducted a telephone poll to collect the opinions of Juneau citizens on issues ranging from existing city services to potential projects and improvements. Consistent survey methodology and some identical questions in the last five surveys allow for consideration of possible trends over the past years.

To view the complete budget survey, go to www.juneau.org and click on Hot Topics or find it under the city Finance Department section of the Web site.

The League appreciates the Assembly's efforts to actively seek public participation and input regarding budget decisions facing the city and thanks all involved in this year's budget survey. Our thanks go to Jonathan Anderson, Bob Doll, Sara Chambers, Rod Swope and Craig Duncan, for their review and assistance in preparing survey questions. Thanks to all of the League members who volunteered countless hours to conduct the survey and provided special assistance when needed. Thanks to Marianne Mills and Catholic Community Services for the use of their facility for calling purposes. Special thanks to Steve Hamilton for providing research analysis and technical assistance, and to Hetty Barthel for overall coordination and leadership of the survey project and composition of the report. To all of the residents who took the time to respond to the survey, a hearty thank you. You made the survey possible.

The League works to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The survey is one such effort. Another is the local election supplement done cooperatively with the Juneau Empire. More League voter service activities will take place around the fall elections this year.

To join us in encouraging active citizenship as part of a nonpartisan political organization or for more information regarding the League of Women Voters of Juneau and its work, write to us at PO Box 22048, Juneau, AK 99802-2048, go to our website at www.juneaulwv.org or call 789-9466.

As a last note, I would like to reminder everyone to please remember to register and vote.

Valerie Watson

President, League of Women Voters of Juneau

Juneau



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