Survey result disputed
A satisfaction survey to secure funding for Pride in Putaruru has been questioned by South Waikato District councillors.
As part of the funding deal between the South Waikato District Council the organisation has to gain 85 per cent satisfaction from respondents.
The survey was previously hand delivered to businesses and landlords in the CBD by the organisation manager.
However, community development manager Amanda Hema said a resident questioned whether or not it was a conflict of interest.
Deputy mayor Jenny Shattock was also sceptical about response numbers as well.
She asked councillors whether it is right to accept 85 per cent satisfaction for 20 respondents.
‘‘If it is hand delivered and people choose not to answer then they have had their chance,’’ councillor Herman Van Rooijen said.
The organisation receives over $60,000 through targeted rates.
But Pride in Putaruru requested a 15 per cent increase which was included in the original survey.
‘‘I would be concerned with the ratepayers that are going to get an increase because 20 business people want it,’’ Shattock said.
Councillors decided to alter the survey and leave out the question about the increase.
The question will be delivered to businesses and landlords separately and the satisfaction survey will be delivered and collected by council staff before the end of the year.