A majority of individuals who responded to a survey would like to receive more communication from Washougal about what the city is doing.
The four-page survey, conducted by ETC Institute, involved 411 participants, out of 1,200 people who were contacted by phone or mail. Survey recipients were randomly chosen, according to Chris Tatham, with ETC.
Of the respondents, 22 percent had attended or watched a Washougal public meeting in the last year. Fifty-one percent of the survey respondents have lived in Washougal for fewer than 10 years.
Forty-eight percent are 44 years old or younger. Fifty-three percent are male.
Twenty-one percent said their annual household income is $50,000 to $74,999.
Seventy-five percent voted in a Washougal municipal election in 2011 or 2013.
“Civic-minded people fill out surveys,” Tatham said.
Fifty-three percent of the respondents said they are satisfied with an overall feeling of safety in the city, while 16 percent said they are highly satisfied. Forty-six percent are satisfied and 13 percent are highly satisfied with the overall quality of life, and 49 percent are satisfied and nine percent are highly satisfied with the quality of services provided by the city.
Thirty-seven percent are dissatisfied with the value received for city tax dollars and fees, and 48 percent are dissatisfied with the availability of job opportunities.