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Published on March 13, 2024
New Braunfels Seeks Resident Input via Community Survey to Shape City's Future ServicesSource: City of Braunfels Government Website

New Braunfels residents, keep an eye on your mailboxes this week as the city's latest community survey is on its way to 4,500 randomly selected households, in a biennial effort to tap into the public's perspective on everything from safety to sanitation. This survey, part of a wider National Community Survey initiative, is aiming to gather unbiased input from residents across the six City Council districts, ensuring each area gets its say in the city's future.

Conducted previously in years like 2012 and most recently in 2022 the survey's methodology, crafted by the National Research Center at Polco alongside the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), promises an even-handed distribution and a chance for all city dwellers to eventually weigh in online starting April 12. The mix of mailed outreach and digital participation is designed to balance scientific validity with inclusivity, according to the City of New Braunfels announcement.

The content of the questionnaire is comprehensive, touching on pivotal topics such as the local economy, the quality of public amenities, and the effectiveness of various city services which include the dutiful work of the police and fire departments, the lasting state of roads and the welcomeness of parks and libraries.

Jenna Vinson, Director of Communications and Community Engagement for New Braunfels, highlighted the significance of the data, noting that the survey allows the City to "create a trend line to track changing resident opinions over time" and even compare those to other cities nationwide, a comparison she remarked in a statement obtained by the city's website. All feedback, whether scribbled physically or clicked through digitally, is expected by April 26, and the residents can look forward to a public presentation of what all those voices have said come summertime.