Alternatives for Maintaining City Services

What: These charts show how survey respondents ranked the three options listed as alternative solutions for maintaining City services. 
Why: We ask this question to understand which option survey respondents would prefer City leaders consider, if faced with hard choices during the budget process.  The alternative of finding efficiencies is not included as a choice on the survey because during the budget sessions, these would be the only three viable options available which would have an immediate impact on creating the budget.   Also, the City of Lakeland culture encourages all departments to focus on efficiencies throughout the fiscal year.

Alternatives for Maintaining City Services2019 Score2018 Score2017 Score
Increase User Fee(s)2.482.472.42
Increase General Taxes1.91.911.96
Decrease Service Levels1.631.621.61
Highest possible score = 3.00