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Survey to help county in budget process

By Staff | Oct 20, 2011

WAILUKU – County of Maui residents are urged to complete the 2011 County of Maui Community Survey, which can be found online at www.mauicounty.gov/communitysurvey.

Results from the survey will help the Budget Office staff properly prioritize county projects and funding. The survey covers all of the county’s public services and asks whether citizens are satisfied or dissatisfied with them.

“This is a way for county residents to get the most for their money,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Our tax dollars go toward funding police and fire, sewer and water, garbage pickup and other services, so this is your chance to help us run a more effective, efficient and responsive government.”

According to Budget Director Sandy Baz, the survey is an extension of the Community Budget Meetings being held all over Maui County.

Baz said the meetings started about a decade ago, and that it’s about time to expand the county’s outreach to the community via this survey.

“This is just another way for Maui’s citizens to give us their input,” Baz said. “We want everyone’s voice to be heard.”

The 39-question survey can also be faxed or mailed to those without internet access. To request a printed copy of the survey, call 270-7855.

Copies of the survey will also be brought to the remaining Community Budget Meetings at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Lahaina Civic Center, Oct. 26 at Hannibal Tavares Community Center and Oct. 27 at Velma Santos Community Center.