Report shows Oklahoma City Council generally accomplishes its goals

Oklahoma City's latest Citizen Performance Report shows the city council is generally accomplishing its stated goals.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: September 17, 2012
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The Oklahoma City Council keeps a list of its stated goals, and the latest report that measures the council's success shows most of them are being accomplished.

The city's 2012 Citizen Performance Report was released last week, and it generally reflects a performance that the council can be proud of. Most indicators that track city performance related to the council's goals are trending in a positive direction.

The report, which uses internal city performance indicators and portions of a resident survey to gauge how things are going, is part of Oklahoma City officials' efforts over the last decade to increase the amount of information made available to the public and be more responsive.

“We've come a long ways on our reporting, and I hope the citizens find it helpful,” City Manager Jim Couch said.

Nine priorities

The Oklahoma City Council has identified nine priorities as it sets city policy. They're posted in places ranging from the city website to city documents and some signs used in City Hall.

The priorities are preserving confidence and trust in city government; promoting a sustainable financial model; a focus on infrastructure development; increasing the effectiveness and sustainability of public transportation; expanding economic development initiatives; enhancing quality of life; improving public education; gaining greater government efficiency; and ensuring citizen safety.

City data shows most of the goals are being met, and that things are generally trending in the right direction in areas where the goals haven't yet been reached.

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By the numbers

2012 Citizen Performance Report

83 percent of Oklahoma City residents are satisfied in the city's direction

66 percent of residents are satisfied with city services

25 percent of residents are satisfied with the condition of streets

18 percent of residents were satisfied with streets five years ago

3.4 percent increase last fiscal year in average annual income

4,139 jobs created last fiscal year

71 percent of citizens are satisfied with quality of life

65 percent of city school students are in a new or renovated school

Source:

City of Oklahoma City

ONLINE

The survey is available on the city's website at www.okc.gov/finance/CitizenReportFY12.pdf. A link to a survey to provide feedback on the report is included on the last page.

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