The Charlestown City-Wide Survey was launched to identify the current level of residents’ satisfaction with all aspects of municipal government and local amenities. Previously, the city relied on responses to a recreation survey conducted almost two decades ago. This new survey expanded the information available to city administrators and elected officials to include a more holistic assessment of aspects of life in Charlestown. Information from the survey can be used to plan short-term decisions. Guidelines promulgated by the American Planning Association encourage the updating of town planning plans on a regular cycle. Charlestown now has enough information to meet the short-term satisfaction of its residents.
Because there was an estimated $ 3.5 million over budget, Charlestown officials decided to lower the tax rate, pay off its debts, and undertake a survey of its residents. All three decisions resulted in a stronger financial position for the city and gathered a wealth of information on the direction the city has taken since 2010. I imagine people will try to slice the results by age, gender, status. geographic, property. status, work status and other types of census statistical analysis. However, as Tom Gentz ââpointed out in his November 30 letter to the editor, the results were overwhelmingly in favor of staying on the city’s current course. Thus, slicing and slicing would become a purely academic exercise.