Community Survey Will Gauge Priorities, Your Willingness To Pay For Them

Jan 31, 2013

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer speaking to the media Wednesday at City Hall.
Credit Briana O'Higgins

The City of Wichita and Sedgwick County Wednesday unveiled a new plan to help establish the communities priorities for public investments

Kansas state law requires communities have a plan for public spending on infrastructure and facilities to guide elected officials. The plan is called "Community Investments Plan... A Framework For The Future" and will begin with a survey created by Wichita State University. The survey will be mailed this week to a random sample of 25,000 registered voters in Sedgwick County.

Recipients will be asked to respond to questions about public transportation, water consumption, and community and economic development. They will also be asked whether they are willing to pay for for improvements or investments through taxes or fees.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said the survey is important because we face challenges and we need to define what we want in the future.

"There are a lot of ideas and a lot of things that individuals are asking for - that citizens would like to see within the county and within our region, and it is important that we come up with a master plan to define what are the priorities and what’s most important," he says.

Additional background information on the issues covered in the survey is available at the project’s website,

Residents who do not receive a survey cannot choose to fill one out, but they can submit feedback through the project’s website.