A vast majority of the nearly 2,000 Allouez residents who responded to a recent survey rated the village a great place to live and raise a family.
Most residents also said they receive good value for the taxes they pay, but said they did not favor raising property taxes to maintain current services.
The survey, mailed to all village residents last fall, sought responses on the quality of life in Allouez, the level of satisfaction with municipal services and where cost savings might be possible.
“We greatly appreciated hearing from so many of our residents,’’ said Village President Steve Vanden Avond. “The data will be invaluable as the village Board and staff review the levels of service and begin the challenging task of creating a budget that will allow the village to continue to provide the high quality essential services that residents deserve.’’
Village residents first were asked to provide demographic information, such as whether they were employed, in what municipality they worked, how long they have lived in Allouez and whether they owned their own home or rented.
Residents then were asked a series of tax-related questions, rating them on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). Also they were asked to rate from 1 (least important) to 7 (most important) various Allouez services and functions.
Some highlights of the survey:
• Nearly 54 percent of the respondents have lived in Allouez for more than 20 years, and nearly 95 percent reside in a single-family home.
• Nearly a quarter of the respondents either serve as a volunteer on a village committee or special project or would be willing to volunteer.
• Most residents favored cost-saving changes such as a reduced time for fall leaf collection and bulk waste pickup.
• Many residents would support the village pursuing shared services such as police, fire and rescue and public works with neighboring municipalities.
• The village services receiving the highest rankings in the level of importance to maintain village quality were 24-hour, 7 days a week police service, village-owned 24-hour fire services and village-owned 24-hour ambulance services. Receiving less support were additional police services and programs and bike paths to trails.
2009 Residential Survey