September 7, 2011

Over 485 surveys were received, including 10 that were submitted in Spanish. The survey consisted of two questions—one quantitative that asked respondents to rank the county services most important to them and one qualitative that asked them to describe which features they valued the most about the services they selected. Analysis of the quantitative question revealed that respondents tended to highly rank services that are health and human-oriented in nature. Analysis also showed that respondents were most fervent in their support of services including the SUN Schools and Early Childhood Services, Libraries, District Attorney, and Community Health.

Over 1260 comments were received in response to question 2. The comments varied greatly—falling into more than 75 different categories by similarity. Comments classified into nine of categories accounted for over 60% of the total amount. Examples include, “[a]ll citizens need health care since healthy citizens lead to healthy communities” and “[p]rotect law-abiding citizens by enforcing crime and supporting public safety.” Overall, the public’s comments reflected a sophisticated understanding of social justice and of the efficacy of preventative measures in all areas of county services.

We encourage you to read the report by clicking here or on the link below. The report has already been forwarded to county officials, including the county commissioners for them to consider in their decisions as they adjust the county’s budget to account for state spending reductions. Approval of the budget adjustments by the county commissioners is likely to occur on September 15th. Members of the public may want to consider providing comments about proposed adjustments during either of the next two board meetings. The meetings will take place on September 8th and September 15th, at 9:30am in the Multnomah Building Boardroom located at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland. Additionally, members of the public or community groups may want to consider scheduling a meeting with a county commissioner to express their opinions.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Citizen Involvement to get more information about the opportunities listed above or any questions you have about this report. We can be reached at 503-988-3450 or citizen.involvement@multco.us

CIC 2011 Budget Survey Report