March 1, 2004


For the past two weeks in February, a random sample of Lodi residents received a postcard invitation to participate in a City-sponsored survey about City services and other issues. During the month of March, the City is now opening up the survey – completed in either an on-line or paper version - to all Lodi residents. Survey participants will be able to voice their opinions on a wide range of topics and will help identify which City programs and services matter the most to them.

"We want as many residents as possible to participate. The opinions of all of our citizens are important to us," said Lodi City Manager Dixon Flynn. "The information gathered will help guide City staff and Council in the future as we grapple with funding shortfalls that could adversely affect City services."

The survey looks at everything from public safety and recreation programs to a new animal shelter and big box retailers. In addition, it asks residents about issues such as potential tax increases, bond measures for proposed projects, and the proper use of Lodi Lake.

DataCycles, an independent firm, is conducting the survey on behalf of the City. Residents with Internet access and an email address are encouraged to log on to to complete a one-minute survey registration. They will then receive an email within minutes after registering which contains a link to the survey form. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Postage-paid survey request cards will be inserted into all Lodi utility bills during the month of March for residents who wish to complete the survey using a paper version. The utility bill insert also shows the survey’s Internet address (URL), for residents who have Internet access and email. DataCycles will tabulate the results of the survey in April, and will remove any identifying participant information from the response data prior to City review.

Deputy City Manager Janet Keeter encourages citizens to complete the survey via the internet in lieu of a mailed copy of the survey.  This will cut down on the cost of postage and paper otherwise incurred by the City for this project.