On Monday, Jan. 9, the City of Salida launched a community survey which asks residents important questions about two major topics that will guide staff and city council members with key decisions this year.
According to the latest posting of the City “Salida Standard”, the survey seeks input on both affordable housing and the possibility of changing Salida’s form of government from a Statutory City system to a Home Rule system.
The survey is open for just two weeks — until Jan. 23, 2023 and the participation of all city residents is encouraged.
Taking the Survey
The survey contains a mix of simple preference choices as well as some open-ended questions, asking WHY you made the choices you did.
There are two ways to participate:
- Take the survey anytime, online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Salida_PE22_LIVE.
- Some residents may have received a text message on their cell phones or electronic devices on the afternoon of Monday, January 9, inviting them to participate in the survey. The text will have the city logo at the top and you can respond there.
2022 Post-Election Questions
Last November, Salida voters were asked about four different ballot measures related to affordable housing. Three of the ballot measures, 2A, 2B, and 2D, were for the City of Salida, and the fourth measure, 6A, was for funding the Chaffee Housing Authority.
Salida Ballot Issues 2A and 2B passed, while Salida Ballot Question 2D and Chaffee County Ballot Issue 6A failed. City staff and elected officials are interested in hearing more detailed opinions from residents about future local, affordable housing plans and initiatives.
Home Rule Questions
It has been 10 years since the question of shifting the City of Salida to what is called a “Home Rule” city was a topic of conversation. The question has surfaced again, but many things have changed in Salida in the past 10 years.
The City of Salida is currently what is known as a “Statutory Rule” city.
- Statutory cities and towns are limited to exercising powers that are granted by the state and are subject to provisions and limitations imposed by the state.
- Home Rule status allows local municipalities to make legislation relevant to their areas, exercising control over “local concern” issues while minimizing state intervention in municipal affairs. To make such a shift, voters must approve any proposed Home Rule “Charter”.
The questions in this section of the survey contain an overview of what is involved in the process. The city is seeking current feedback from as many residents as possible as it considers whether to pursue such an initiative at this time.
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