A citywide survey commissioned by the Grover Beach City Council last spring helped confirm what local officials suspected were top concerns: roads and homelessness.
The survey was conducted Oct. 2-12, when residents were contacted by phone or completed the survey online. The sample size included 395 men and women, ranging in age between 18 and 68+. The survey questions were developed by Godbe Research, Mayor John Shoals and Mayor Pro Tem Mariam Shah.
Residents were asked a variety of questions about citywide issues, including road conditions, homelessness, police and fire services, the courtesy of city staff and if residents were “satisfied” how the city was providing services.
Sixty-one percent of those polled said they were “very satisfied” and another 19.3 percent said they were “somewhat satisfied.”
Although road construction is active throughout the city, road repairs remain a top priority for residents, according to the survey. About 56 percent named road repairs as their priority, compared to 11.4 percent names homelessness as “the most important issue facing Grover Beach.”
“This was an open-ended question. We didn’t pre-code the responses. These are things they told us, not what we gave to them,” said Bryan Godbe. “At the top of the list is road repairs at 56.1 percent which is extremely high and tells you it’s a really important issue.”
The survey also sought to assess voter support for a business license tax and transient occupancy tax (hotel) to provide additional money to the city that is not subject to state control. Specifically, residents were asked if they would support a .1 percent tax on gross receipts from local businesses, which could generate about $100,000 annually. More than 68 percent said they would support such a tax.
Likewise, a measure that would charge hotel guest an additional 10-13 percent tax was also heavily supported in the survey at more than 71 percent approval.
The council had little comment after the results were presented. Council Member Jeff Lee said the results would likely influence future discussions by the council on topics found in the survey results.
By Justin Stoner