Fayette rec board: Survey intended ‘for info only’

County recreation officials have amended the online recreation needs survey to emphasize that there are no plans to implement any of the potential improvements proposed in the document.

The change is a reaction to concerns about survey questions which ask whether residents would support a 1 percent special local option sales tax, a bond issue or more taxes to fund recreation improvements.

Officials are now saying that the intent of those questions is “for information purposes only,” according to a letter submitted to The Citizen Tuesday by the Fayette County Recreation Commission.

The commission’s letter also asserts that the survey has been promoted in a number of ways beyond being included in a flyer mailed to water customers. Flyers were also sent home with all students in the Fayette County School System, posted in county parks, and email notices were sent to residents who are in the county parks and recreation database.

The county says it also advertised the survey on its website and on the county’s local cable station. Additionally, the recreation department asked several local agencies to promote the survey either on a website, in email blasts and in newsletters, including all Fayette municipalities, youth associations, Fayette County Senior Services and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

“All marketing efforts were utilized in an effort to reach the citizens of the county in the most economical way possible,” according to the recreation commission’s letter.

The survey is intended to determine which future programs, services and activities are desired by county residents. The commission’s letter points out that the demographic information sought in the survey “will help us determine which programs, facilities, ages or areas of the county that may still need to be addressed.”

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/79S7SFH until midnight Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The survey on several occasions leaves room for residents to allow additional comment beyond the initial response sought.

Residents without access to a personal computer are asked to call the parks and recreation department for assistance at 770-716-4320. For more information about the survey, email Reccomm@fayettecountyga.gov.