Today's Talk: Columbia State of the City Released

2 years 6 months 1 day ago Tuesday, June 16 2015 Jun 16, 2015 Tuesday, June 16, 2015 1:34:00 PM CDT June 16, 2015 in News
By: Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia saw several improvements over the past year, according to City Manager Mike Matthes' 2015 State of the City released Tuesday morning. But some citizens expressed some concerns.

One of the biggest improvements was the satisfaction of street conditions. The efforts made to improving road safety resulted in a 20 percent increase in road satisfaction, something Matthes said is rare to see.

The city also improved in five of seven strategic priorities: customer focused government, economic development, financial health, infrastructure, and city workforce. 

Quality of life stayed stable at 79 percent, according to Matthes. The community's satisfaction with growth management though decreased. 

Recent data has created concern with income, employment, health, and housing disparities in Columbia. Matthes said reducing some of these imbalances is one of his highest priorities over the next three years.

Another piece of information released was the top five concerns of Columbia residents, which were preventing crime, maintaining streets and utilities, balancing the city budget, managing storm water runoff, and protecting the environment. 

The full State of the City message will be in the introduction to the City's Citizen Handbook and distributed to every residential address in Columbia over the next month. It is also available online at the city of Columbia's website.

What are some of your top concerns for Columbia? Comment below or on our Facebook page and we'll highlight some of your responses on KOMU 8 News at 5 o'clock.

 

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