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6th annual Pinellas County public survey runs through this week

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Pinellas County residents can now weigh in on what they think is good and what can still be improved in the county’s services, programs and priorities. The county’s annual residents survey is available online now through 5 p.m. Friday.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete. It asks a series of basic demographic questions including, age, race, sex, income and education level and whether or not the survey-taker is a year-round resident.

The survey also asks whether residents would recommend Pinellas County as a place to live, work, raise children or retire.

Residents can rank the importance they place on things like pedestrian and cyclist safety, access to transit, affordable housing, parks and recreation, services for the homeless, retirement services, access to quality education and jobs and quality public infrastructure.

It then asks residents how well the County is managing at providing those services. Other questions involve whether or not residents are confident the County will handle issues and how quality of life has improved over the past five years. The survey also asks how takers think quality of life will change in the next five years.

The survey also asks whether residents are familiar with the Penny for Pinellas program that funds various projects throughout the county including the Pinellas Trail.

The county will use results from the to develop and prioritize plans and resources to better meet the needs and concerns of residents. As part of the survey process county officials will also be conducting various other public outreach efforts.

The survey can be taken on the county’s website or through a Pinellas County government mobile app. That app is available on iPhones and other smartphones for free.

This is the sixth year the county has conducted a public survey. It follows a two-week phone survey gathering feedback from county residents in a variety of demographics.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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