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Residents in Rockville pleased with city

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Published on: Thursday, April 04, 2013

By Holden Wilen

ROCKVILLE – The results are in from a 2012 survey conducted by the National Research Center and more than half of respondents say the Mayor and Council are doing a good job.

Rockville received overall positive marks for the services provided to residents and the quality of life, and according to the survey 56 percent of residents strongly agree or agree they are pleased with the overall performance of the Mayor and Council.

Councilmember Tom Moore said he was pleased to see positive feedback from residents.

 “I think as long as we are outscoring Congress we are doing very well,” Moore said.

Congress had an 18 percent approval rating according to the Gallup poll back in March.

On the other hand, Councilmember Bridget Donnell Newton said 56 percent is a “failing” grade.

Newton said it is important to get people engaged because the survey showed fewer citizens are watching Rockville Channel 11 and participating in government activities. According to the survey only 15 percent of respondents watched or attended a Mayor and Council meeting.

“I wish we could find a way to get more people involved and have it so they can play an active role and be in communication with their mayor and council on issues of concern to them,” Newton said. “I saw we score pretty highly with being responsive but then I see our approval rating. Are we not doing the right thing?”

Newton also said it is important to note a majority of people are not voting in elections because 37 percent of respondents in the survey said they voted in the 2011 election and 17 percent of the population actually voted in the election.

One of the findings which Moore said particularly stood out to him was 32 percent of respondents said the availability of affordable housing in Rockville was excellent or good. Moore said he found the statistic “gratifying” because it provides a clear policy direction for the council.

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