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MANTI WOULD FAVOR FEE BOOST ONLY TO IMPROVE THE STREETS

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City residents would be willing to pay more to support only one proposal - the improvement of streets and roads according to a survey by the city's Beautification Committee with the assistance of the Extension Service.

The proposal had overwhelming support from survey respondents. Another proposal - to improve the storm drainage system - resulted in a tie vote.If the City Council does decide more revenue is needed, the residents prefer an increase in user, permit and hook-up fees. Getting thumbs down would be a property tax increase.

The survey, conducted to give the City Council guidance in plotting its course, was mailed to 848 residents, who were advised to protect their confidentiality by not putting their names on the survey.

The city received 125 responses for a 14.74 percent success rate.

Street improvements topped the priority list, with 110 respondents putting it in first place. The majority also strongly supported stricter enforcement of the weed control and unsightly and hazardous waste removal ordinances.

Residents don't favor walking and jogging paths, however.

The respondents gave the garbage collection and disposal program their top approval rating. They think the condition of public buildings and grounds, maintenance of the city park and beautification of homes and yards is somewhere between good and fair. They said street maintenance is nearer poor then fair.

A majority listed their age in the senior citizen range, most said they own their own homes, a fourth checked the professional category for their occupation and a third indicated they're retired. Ninety percent think they'll still be living in Manti five years from now.

Fifty-two reported income in the less than $20,000 range, 51 in the $20,000 to $40,000 range and one marked the "over $80,000" category.

And that one, confidential, of course, has everyone in this typically low income town guessing: A banker? A doctor? A cattleman? A closet trader in stocks and bonds?

One resident has his version: "He's a confirmed braggart building self-esteem."

All that aside, the council will put the survey to good use promised City Manager Bill Mickelson.