Survey Shows Public Safety As Main Concern for Columbia Residents

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will discuss a report Monday night that shows 40% of residents are most concerned about public safety in town.

Stephanie Browning, the report's project manager, will present the "Key Findings Report: City of Columbia 2012 Strategic Planning Process" on Monday to council at its work session at 2 p.m. The report contains answers to a survey of what Columbia citizens believe are the biggest issues facing the city.

A total of 172 people took the survey. 40% (72) believe public safety and crime is the most important issue right now. Infrastructure got 20.1% (36) and growth 19.5% (35) of the vote. Economic development and job creation had 10.1% (18). Transit received 9.5% (17).

Citizens also highlighted public safety as the first thing they would change. The survey asked, "If you were City Manager for a day, what would be the first thing you would do to improve our City?" 15.1% (27) people said police department issues. 9.5% (17) said communication. Budget/spending got 3.4% (6) and transit and infrastructure tied at 2.8% (5).

 The city council work session will contain a SWOT analysis session to discuss the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the current programs.

If you'd like to read the full report click here.