In a recent survey, 88 percent of respondents told Blaine officials they are satisfied with the quality of life in the city; 87 percent rated overall city services as good or excellent. The five-page survey was sent out in May to 1,200 randomly chosen households. Of those, 37 percent, or 436, replied. The results were released Thursday.
Respondents gave high marks to the city on cleanliness, appearance and new development. In a ranking of government services, their top priorities were fire and police services, crime prevention and drinking water.
Still, they also said that the city could improve in its management of traffic on major streets. Some of the city's lowest rankings were as a place to retire and a place to volunteer.
Residents also were asked about the idea of a city-funded community center. The concept got 61 percent approval, though only 42 percent of respondents said they would support a tax increase to pay for it.
The report and survey text are at www.ci.blaine.mn.us.