Survey: Residents claim Issaquah is headed in right direction
July 19, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 a.m. July 19, 2012
Most respondents in a recent survey — 74 percent — claim Issaquah is headed in the right direction and 57 percent gave the city a positive rating for spending taxpayer dollars.
The information comes from a telephone survey conducted last month. Though the survey focused mostly on municipal parks and recreation facilities — and a possible park bond measure — other questions addressed City Hall’s performance.
Overall, 68 percent of respondents gave the city a positive job rating and 23 percent gave the city a negative rating. On the question about the direction of Issaquah, 13 percent said the city is headed in the wrong direction and 13 percent said they did not know.
EMC Research conducted the survey for the municipal Parks & Recreation Department from June 14-20.
Overall, 600 respondents from throughout the Issaquah School District participated in the survey. The total includes 300 respondents from inside Issaquah city limits. (The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.)
Parks & Recreation Department staffers commissioned the survey as city leaders considered a bond measure to raise funds for park development and open space acquisition. The measure could appear on the ballot as early as November, but the decision is left to the City Council.
The $10 million bond measure discussed in the survey garnered support from 76 percent of respondents.
In the survey results, respondents indicated a strong preference for protecting wildlife habitat and open space, and for acquiring additional land near creeks and streams.
The survey also focused on the future of aging Julius Boehm Pool. Officials said the downtown facility needs major upgrades.
More than a quarter of respondents, 27 percent, gave a negative rating to the pool — 18 percent rated the pool fair and 9 percent poor. But more than half of respondents, 57 percent, could not rate the pool’s condition.
The survey results next head to the municipal Park Board for review.