Sunday, May 7, 2017

National Citizen Survey shows scores for Davidson Town Hall moving in wrong direction

A review of the National Citizen Survey results will be on Tuesday's Davidson Town Board agenda. aShortChronicle told readers about this back when the survey was underway in February.  See here and here.

While the town maintained high marks overall in the most important categories, all was not rosy.  As you can see below, 3 times as many questions show decreases as increases.

The detailed percentages were only provided for the one slide, so one can't tell the overall scores for the other questions.  However, initial results show significant additional citizen involvement in town issues, and that increased involvement is most likely not for good reasons as shown by these next slides.

Again, the exact percentages were not included in this presentation for these slides, so it is impossible to know at this point the true significance of these changes.  Are these still overall positive?  Did they fall off a cliff?  Did the middle tier swing one way or the other?  Those are all questions only the details can answer, and those details are not included.

However, if you attend or watch Town Hall meetings, you know that meetings are packed when people tend to oppose what the Town is doing.  If you are a member of one of the growing Facebook pages targeting town issues, you know those aren't full of cheerleaders for Town Hall.  If you submit public records requests (something we strongly encourage here at aShortChronicle), you'll know the results show Commissioners rarely receive a lot of feedback telling then to stay the course.

aShortChronicle recently posted a column with this title: "Davidson Town Hall overseeing divisive time of its own making".  It's a good guess the answer to those changing scores is in there somewhere.

See the full presentation containing the above slides here.

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