Fair Lawn survey seems promising

September 14, 2012 by  

The residents of Fair Lawn, NJ have been given a voice through a survey sent out to homes at the beginning of September. The response to the surveys has so far exceeded the borough’s expectations.

As of September 11, 11% of the surveys had been returned. According to borough manager Tom Metzler, receiving just 3% of surveys back would have been a success. In addition to the higher than anticipated number of surveys returned, Fair Lawn officials are pleased that people are not only answering the questions on the survey, but also taking the time to fill in the comments section with additional thoughts or criticisms. Metzler states that 95% of surveys returned included additional comments.

Fair Lawn officials will use the surveys’ results to determine what programs can or should be cut from the budget in the future. The survey gives residents a chance to let the officials know what services are important to them and which ones are less essential. Most respondents are happy about the survey and are appreciative of the fact that the borough has reached out to them.

Officials expect that the number of surveys returned will drop off in the coming weeks. To encourage or remind people to submit their surveys, the borough of Fair Lawn might consider flyer printing, giving people a subtle reminder to fill in their surveys.

The surveys are due back by October 1, 2012. Residents have the option of mailing in their surveys or dropping them in the drop box located inside the municipal building.