Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The State of the County

Ike Leggett speaks on his first year as Montgomery County Executive and future challenges. Appropriately, the 2007 Montgomery County Resident Survey was released recently too. Most people like living here, though interestingly the ratings for MoCo as a place to retire are much lower. Most county residents are pleased by the quality of county services.

However, concerns remain in some key areas:

The rates of population growth and commercial growth were a concern to most respondents.
♦ Eighty-two percent of the respondents felt that the rate of population growth was “too fast,”
17% said it was the “right amount,” and only 1% said it was “too slow.”
♦ Just over half of the respondents (56%) said that commercial growth was “too fast,” 36%
said it was the “right amount,” and 7% said it was “too slow.” . . .

Land use, planning and zoning; code enforcement; and cable television providers the lowest quality ratings. [Although included in the survey, cable television provided by the County (a fact that was not noted on the questionnaire).]
I don't think anyone will be shocked that cable companies remain unpopular. I'm strongly resisting relaying my Comcast story right now. However, let's just say I don't think I've ever taken quite such pleasure in terminating a company's services. As people who read this blog regularly know, growth remains a subject of exceptional controversy.