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Sarasota News Leader September 20, 2013 At the same time, the survey section regarding responsiveness of county officials recorded its sharpest decline in the assessment of whether help came in a timely fashion. In 2012, 84 percent of those surveyed felt the assistance was prompt, compared to 70 percent this year. Page 61 Asked whether the county's spending priorities were "about right," 47 percent said reprioritization is needed. Another 34 percent characterized the spending priorities as "about right" this year, while 19 percent had no opinion on the question. Yet, "[t]he negative timeliness ratings were highest among unemployed residents looking The summary says little agreement was found among the 32 percent of respondents who for work," the summary points out. were disgruntled because they felt the counBUDGET FACTORS ty was spending too much money on certain Another area that saw a big change, the sum- things. The results found 16 percent citing mary continues, involved respondents' views public officials' salaries and perks; 14 percent about the county's budget and spending pripointing to parks, art and beautification; and orities. 12 percent citing low priorities and waste. The 2013 survey shows 34 percent of the respondents wanted to keep property taxes and Among the more positive notes, 32 percent services at the same level, while 15 percent of respondents said they felt they could trust said taxes should be cut and less vital services a Sarasota County leader "almost always" or reduced. In 2012, 43 percent of respondents "most of the time," compared to 28 percent wanted to keep property taxes and service saying the same for state government leaders levels where they are. and the 25 percent who provided those anSupport for creating a new revenue source — swers for federal government leaders. not linked to property taxes — that could be used for a specific service or project rose from To read the 2013 Citizens Survey Executive Summary and past surveys, click here. % 26 percent last year to 34 percent this year. Neal Schafers My interest in photography reminded me about how my smile made me unhappy. A childhood accident caused my permanent teeth to come in askew. I had seen how Dr. Koval restored the smile of a friend's father. With Dr. Koval, we discovered I also had cracked fillings and a shifted jaw – all which she corrected. I am 100% satisfied with Dr. Koval's meticulous work and sincere care to make my smile look natural and picture-perfect. For a complimentary consultation call 941.923.5406 To view our extensive smile gallery, visit ENHANCE YOUR SMILE. ENHANCE YOUR LIFE. Christine Koval, D.M.D. Awarded 20 Gold Medals for Smile Makeovers by the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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