St. Pete People’s Budget Review releases survey results, enters second round of questions

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The People’s Budget Review today released the full results of the first phase of a survey studying the budget priorities of the St. Petersburg community.

“With more than 2,000 respondents from a broad spectrum of groups and communities, we are confident these responses represent the voice of St. Petersburg,” said Bruce Nissen, the former Director of Research at the Center for Labor Research and Studies at FIU. “Mayor Foster and the Council asked for input and we’ve delivered.”

The data includes insight into perceptions of city government, spending, and the value of city services. The results indicate an overwhelming desire for increased revenue and investments in economic development, while avoiding any more budget cuts. It is also divided into respondents that are of voting age and those that aren’t to help determine the needs of the voting public.

The full results are available for download at Simply click “Results” in the top left corner of the main page.

“The results reveal a vision for our city budget,” said Lou Brown, Co-Chair of Agenda 2010 and Beyond. “In the second phase of our polling we want to gauge how we get there.”

The next phase of the survey will reflect the realities of the city budget process and include questions representing possible policies to achieve the goals outlined by the people of St. Pete.

“Our goal is to be a voice for the people, and the new questions will give a more direct response to the budget questions faced by the City,” said Brown.

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