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Community members pay taxes and consume local government services, and they most likely have opinions about the quantity and quality of those services and about the community as a place to live and work. Citizen and resident surveys can tap those opinions and provide valuable input to city and county managers and elected officials as they set priorities and allocate resources. Where formal performance management systems are in place, survey responses are frequently used as indicators of service quality.
An article on citizen engagement addresses resident surveys and other tools.