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An online survey identified “Community/Public Health and Safety” as the top priority for how the City of Mountlake Terrace uses federal pandemic relief funds.
The city recently sought public input about how to allocate nearly $6 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The survey received 121 responses, with 36 percent choosing “Community/Public Health and Safety” as their primary concern.
This category includes examples such as working with regional partners to expand access to mental health and addiction treatment services, support services and shelter options. It also covers neighborhood beautification projects.
“Household Assistance” (rent, utilities, childcare, medical bills, etc.) received the next highest tally, drawing support from 25 percent of survey takers. This was followed by “Infrastructure and Amenities” at 21 percent, and “Business Assistance” and “Replacement of Lost Revenue for Eligible Local Government” each receiving 9 percent.
About 87 percent of respondents were Mountlake Terrace residents, and 4 percent are businesses owners or nonprofit managers here, according to self-reported data. Another 4 percent were both residents and business owners, and 5 percent fell into the “Other” category.
Within the survey, an open-ended question asked for additional ideas, and 40 respondents provided input. Those comments are being analyzed for common themes.
Survey results will be reviewed at an upcoming City Council meeting. The city thanks everyone who participated for their time and feedback.
For more information about the survey, please contact City Clerk Virginia Clough at 425-744-6206. To learn more about future meetings and agenda topics, please visit cityofmlt.com/129.