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Survey finds Oswego a 'good or excellent' place to live, raise family

But taxes and traffic remain concerns for many

Main Street in downtown Oswego
Main Street in downtown Oswego

As a way to gauge public opinion about village of Oswego services, perceptions and quality of life, the village recently completed its second biannual resident survey. 
Out of the 662 residents who filled out the six page survey, 88 percent indicated that Oswego was an excellent or a good place to live and raise children.
"Residents have a very positive perception of the village," said Jason Morado of the ETC Institute, who the village hired to conduct the survey. The last survey results were collected in 2016, when the village saw similar results.
"That goes against the national trend we are seeing this year," said Morado, who conducts surveys in 49 states. "Most places we've seen this number go down, so this is kind of unusual."
The collected statistics are easily comparable to other communities in the Great Lakes region, as well as on a national scale. This helps the village gauge where it stands in relation to others. As Morado would point out, Oswego ranks pretty high above most.
Those who indicated the village was not an excellent or good place to live were single adults, and those planning to retire. This trend follows the one established two years ago when the survey was completed.
Similarly to 2016, residents also indicated that the availability of cultural arts activities, job availability and public transportation were areas that need improvement. Residents were most dissatisfied with the value received for taxes and fees in the village, as well as traffic flow management. 
Villages services, including police services, customer service and street maintenance were each ranked high on the satisfaction scale. 
A new question asked this year sought to gauge the public's interest and perception of special events hosted by the village. Morado said less than 6 percent of those who attended an event indicated that they were dissatisfied. 
Similarly to 2016, residents noted that the reason they leave Oswego to shop is mostly for fine dining, furniture and vehicle sales, which is the same answers given in 2016. 
With all of these results in hand, it's time for village trustees to put the information to good use. The group will meet in January to discuss Oswego's strategic plan and priorities moving forward. Based on the survey feedback, trustees can make adjustments to their list of issues to immediately address.

 

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