The city of New Braunfels began a community survey this week by sending 4,500 residents an invitation by mail to complete the questionnaire.

The residents were selected at random from households within the city limits throughout the six City Council districts to remove bias and equally represent the community’s population, according to a news release.

“Drawing on survey results from previous years helps the city create a trend line to track changing resident opinions over time,” said Jenna Vinson, director of communications and community engagement. “Utilizing the National Research Center also allows for our community’s results to be benchmarked against other communities across the nation. These components help put the results into context and help city leaders better understand the meaning behind the feedback we receive.”

Residents who did not receive the invitation in the mail will have the opportunity to participate beginning April 12, when the survey opens online. The survey has previously been completed six times in New Braunfels, according to a news release.

The survey is part of the National Community Survey, which is developed by the National Research Center at Polco and the International City/County Management Association, according to a news release.

Survey questions will be over the following topics:
  • Economic health
  • Libraries
  • Livability in the community
  • Parks
  • Police and fire
  • Questions on quality of life
  • Roads
  • Safety
  • Transportation
All survey responses are due April 26, and the results will be presented to the City Council this summer, according to a news release.