|SARASOTA COUNTY – Residents have offered high praise for their quality of life in Sarasota County, as shown in the 32nd annual Citizen’s Opinion Survey. The survey, which was conducted through random calls to both landlines and cell phones, measures trust in government, satisfaction with county services and economic growth priorities, among other topics. This year, specialty questions focused on water quality, wastewater infrastructure, the Environmentally Sensitive Land Protection Program and the Sarasota County jail. The survey is conducted by the University of South Florida on behalf of Sarasota County. Results represent the community’s sentiments of the county’s management of resources, well being, health, and more. Examples from the survey shows respondents would continue to recommend Sarasota County as a place to live, raise a family, open a business, retire and vacation; and 80% trust county government.|
In addition, 98% of respondents rated their quality of life in Sarasota County as good or excellent. The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners value the information as it provides the data and historical trends to show a high-level view of the community. Commission Chair Ron Cutsinger said the results help the board set their priorities from year to year. “The results of this survey show us the interests and needs of our community, so we can prioritize goals and initiatives to serve our residents and visitors,” said Cutsinger. According to County Administrator Jonathan Lewis, the survey is an important tool to gauge the needs of the community and their expectations from the organization. “The Citizen’s Opinion Survey results allow staff and the Board to see how we can better serve our community,” Lewis added. “We are grateful to those who spent time taking this survey and sharing their thoughts so we can continue to provide the best possible service.”View the survey’s results and the executive summaryby visiting these links.
For more information, dial 311 or visit scgov.net.