Sur­vey of View Royal res­i­dents to cost up to $40,000

Oak Bay re­jects spend­ing $30,000 for sim­i­lar poll, point­ing to elec­tion

Times Colonist - - The Capital And Vancouver Island -

View Royal coun­cil has agreed to spend up to $40,000 on a sur­vey to gauge the pri­or­i­ties of its res­i­dents.

Mayor David Screech said coun­cil­lors ex­pressed con­cern about the cost, but ul­ti­mately de­cided that the sur­vey would pro­vide use­ful in­for­ma­tion for plan­ning pur­poses.

“We’ve never gone to the pub­lic in a proper process like that be­fore to get their in­put, so we felt that it was worth do­ing it,” he said.

A staff re­port said casino revenue could be used to pay for the on­line and tele­phone sur­vey of 300 to 400 res­i­dents.

“I’m hop­ing it’ll hap­pen early next year,” Screech said.

“Maybe Fe­bru­ary, be­cause we’re do­ing it as part of our strate­gic plan­ning process and we’re hop­ing to have the strate­gic plan done by spring.”

It’s ex­pected that each sur­vey will take about 15 min­utes to com­plete.

Oak Bay coun­cil, mean­while, de­cided against spend­ing $30,000 on a sim­i­lar sur­vey to as­sess res­i­dents’ sat­is­fac­tion and pri­or­i­ties.

Mayor Kevin Mur­doch said coun­cil wants to im­prove com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, but was “luke­warm” on the idea of a sur­vey. Some coun­cil­lors felt cit­i­zens had a chance to ex­press their sat­is­fac­tion or dis­sat­is­fac­tion at the bal­lot box in the Oc­to­ber mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

“It doesn’t mean that we don’t want to do other things, but not the sur­vey, not that amount of money, not at this time,” Mur­doch said.

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