Lake Zurich gets high marks in citizen survey

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/2/2017 11:13 AM
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  • About 95 percent of Lake Zurich residents say the village is an excellent or good place to live, and even more would recommend the community to others, according to results of a citizen survey.

    About 95 percent of Lake Zurich residents say the village is an excellent or good place to live, and even more would recommend the community to others, according to results of a citizen survey. Daily Herald File Photo, 2015

Lake Zurich residents give high marks to the village's quality of life, municipal services and civic engagement opportunities, according to the results of a citizen survey released Monday.

The National Citizen Survey, which polled nearly 500 village residents over the summer, found that 95 percent rate Lake Zurich as an excellent or good place to live, and 96 percent would recommend living in Lake Zurich to others.

About 86 percent of those surveyed plan to remain in the village for at least the next five years, and 97 percent gave positive ratings to Lake Zurich as a place to raise children.

"The survey results provide affirmation to village staff and elected officials that the work they put in and the decisions they have made continue to make a positive impact on the community," Mayor Thomas Poynton said of the findings. "Resident opinions and feedback provide a crucial role in guiding the village into the future."

Asked about the quality of municipal services, 83 percent of those surveyed rated them excellent or good, with the highest marks going to police, fire and emergency services, village parks, and waste collection.

"The village exists to serve the residents," Village Manager Ray Keller said. "It is our mission to provide a high quality of life, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal services, and continue to identify ways for the public to help shape policy and contribute ideas in making difficult decisions."

This is the second National Citizen Survey conducted by the village, with the first taking place in 2015. The village plans to conduct another survey in 2019.

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