One hundred and ten people responded to the online survey expressing high rates of satisfaction with fire services (96%), garbage collection (84%) and arts and cultural programs and events (78%).
However, there was much less satisfaction with tourism initiatives (60%), economic development (42%) and town roads (36%).
Only just over half of those who responded were satisfied with the town’s governance and leadership (53%) and there was even less satisfaction with the town budget and management of tax dollars (49%).
Tantramar Regional High School student Ambra Kaur produced an infographic “report card” summarizing the results. (To view it, click here.)
The report card shows that survey respondents want the town to focus primarily on the management of dykes, economic development and the growth of new businesses.
The unscientific survey was carried out on the town’s website in the 26 days between Monday, March 19 and Friday, April 13.
Sackville’s Senior Manager of Corporate Projects, Jamie Burke says the town is pleased with participation in this year’s survey that was open to everyone, but targeted at Sackville residents.
“It was advertised on social media, our website, Civic Centre signboard, noted in council reports, and the local paper,” Burke wrote in an e-mail to The New Wark Times.
“Where it was our first one, we wanted to keep it simple,” he added.
An annual survey of residents was called for in the five-year strategic plan that town council adopted last year.
To read the 10 survey questions, click here.