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Wichita and Sedgwick County are working with Wichita State University on a community survey that will help determine what the critical needs are for the city and county's future - and how they will be funded.
Mayor Carl Brewer mentioned the survey in his annual State of the City address Tuesday evening. He is urging people to fill out the surveys and return them. The mayor said "much is at stake for current and future generations" in Wichita.
Wichita State is mailing out 25,000 surveys to randomly-selected registered voters. City planner and project leader Dave Barber said people who receive the survey are asked to fill it out and return it within seven days.
The surveys have questions dealing with streets, water and sewer services, transit, economic development and other issues. Barber is hoping at least 6,000 of the surveys will be returned, but Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh said he would love to see all of them filled out and returned.
Barber said the survey results should be known in late March, and that will lead to continuing discussions on needs and priorities. He said several community investment scenarios will be developed, and a final Community Investments Plan will be chosen in 2014.
More information is available on a special web site that has been created for the project.