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Suwanee residents give city high marks

SUWANEE -- A recent survey of residents in Suwanee confirmed several aspects about the city that people enjoy: Land use, planning and zoning, parks and available, affordable child care.

This was the city's third National Citizen Survey, which it participates in every two years. About 300 -- or 25 percent -- of the 1,200 addresses that were mailed surveys responded to them. Residents in November were asked to rate community characteristics and government services. When it came to public trust, 89 percent of residents said they were pleased with the overall direction of the city.

Suwanee repeated its No. 1 ranking from 2010 in its preservation of natural areas, and was No. 1 in city parks, up one spot from 2010.

The survey is managed by the National Research Center and International City-County Management Association.

The results are benchmarked with 500 communities across the country. City officials also use the results for planning and policy-making decisions.

"So, we'll be able to compare this year's data with the previous two survey results and begin to see trends," Financial Services Director Amie Sakmar said when the survey was mailed.

Respondents rated Suwanee in the top 10 of communities on 27 percent of the questions. Similar to previous recent surveys, 99 percent of survey-takers rated Suwanee as an excellent or good place to live and would recommend living in in the city. Ninety seven percent rated the overall quality of life as excellent or good.

"What we're really pleased with is how we've stayed strong," Mayor Jimmy Burnette said in a news release. "Our numbers have stayed consistently high across the board and across time. It seems clear that residents, too, are pleased with our direction as a community."

In terms of value of services for city taxes paid, 76 percent of respondents felt the quality was excellent or good. And 40 percent responded that federal government services were excellent or good, similar to other communities.