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Shorewood survey addresses taxes, services, parking

Board approves conducting online survey of village residents

Aug. 13, 2013

Shorewood — Village officials want to know what Shorewood residents think on a variety of topics, including the perennial quandaries of taxes, parking and potential service consolidations with neighboring municipalities.

The confidential, online survey facilitated by nearby University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was approved by the Village Board Monday. Postcards will be mailed to 6,500 Shorewood households in September, directing them to the survey website. Residents are asked to complete the survey by Oct. 18 so results can be presented to the board by November.

Those without Internet access or who prefer a paper version can get hard copies at Village Hall or the library beginning in September. Computers will be available at the library for residents to complete the online version of the survey.

The survey, at a cost of about $7,800, is another in a longstanding arrangement between the village and UWM, who have together conducted similar surveys every few years to measure the pulse of the community and inform policy decisions.

The most recent village-wide survey was in 2008.

The board on Monday also approved a consultant to begin putting together a comprehensive 2025 vision plan, which will take into account the community's answers to survey questions.

The new survey, said trustee and strategic initiatives committee member Patrick Linnane, is in-part geared to gauge residents' reactions to recent village initiatives like the recent developments on the northern end of Oakland Avenue and the sewer and stormwater overhaul currently underway. Linnane said he also expects the survey to show some demographic changes throughout the village population, and hopes the survey increases residents' access to Shorewood government.

At the same time, a number of questions have carried over since the 2008 survey, including the ongoing Shorewood issues of parking throughout the village, the possibility of consolidating services with area municipalities and the question of whether residents are willing to foot higher tax bills or fees if it means increased services.

With state-mandated levy limits making municiapl budgets leaner and leaner year after year, those questions are more important than ever, commented Linnane.

"They're more pressing," Linnane said. "They have a sense of urgency they didn't have before."

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Shorewood 2013 village-wide survey

WHEN: September through October

WHERE: Online, Village Hall, library

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