The City of Regina is getting a thumbs up from residents.
In a survey conducted in the fall of 2015, 78 per cent of the nearly 800 people surveyed say that quality of life in the city is “good”.
When asked whether “Regina is on track to be a better city ten years from now”, 77 per cent of those asked said yes.
Mayor Michael Fougere is stressing the positives in the survey results.
“People are overwhelmingly positive about our city in the next 10 years I think that is a very powerful and positive message to send out to people,” Fougere said at city hall.
There are no surprises what the key issues were for residents surveyed. Half of those asked say “infrastructure, traffic and roads” was an important issue facing their community, with 39 per cent saying it was the most important issue.
It was followed by “crime, safety and policing” (16 per cent) and “homelessness, poverty and affordable housing” (10 per cent).
Snow removal received 73 per cent satisfaction, but it was an area that received the highest percentage of “invest more” answers.
But residents didn’t give the thumbs up to everything.
Just 43 per cent says they “trust” the city.
Chris Holden, city manager, hopes that isn’t indicative of the general feeling residents have.
“Trust is generated from the responsiveness the city gives. We can’t always satisfy residents, but if they feel they were heard, that goes a long way to improve trust,” Holden explained.
On taxation, half of residents feel they get “good value” for what they pay and the majority support tax increases if it means maintaining existing services (35 per cent) or expanding services (24 per cent).
Full survey results can be viewed on the city’s website.