By Dawn Krebs
FORT PIERCE - With a new budget year looming, the city is turning to the residents for input on how to spend a little more than $500,000 that will be allocated to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The funds from the government will be for the program year that runs from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014, and have to be used specifically for issues such as general housing, affordable and assisted housing, and economic development.
To help decide how the money is spent and on what, the city develops an annual action plan that gives a proposal for the money.
According to a press release, the action plan will address upcoming concerns and opportunities.
This grant is given to the city every year, and last year the city received approximately $516,000. Some of the programs that benefitted from the money included code enforcement, rehabilitating owner-occupied housing and youth projects.
Residents of the city of Fort Pierce are asked to help the city determine what items the action plan should include.
To help residents with this, the city created a five-question survey that can be taken online.
The survey is found on the city's website at www.cityoffortpierce.com.
The first question would like to know what zip code the residents lives in; the next two questions gives residents the ability to choose the importance of a number of topics the city undertakes every year, such as job creation, historic preservation, senior activities and sidewalk improvements. In all, 26 subjects are shown.
The final two questions give residents the ability to voice their opinion on what services are specifically needed in their area.
By using the money provided by the government, the city doesn't have to tap into its general funds for some of the projects.
For example, cleaning up the former King Power Plant site, a portion of the project was funded by CDBG monies.
A paper copy of the survey is also available to residents who wish to take it. The paper survey is available until June 28 in the city's department of urban development.
The answers are automatically tabulated and will help guide the future growth and development of the city in the coming year.
Once all the answers are tabulated, public hearings will be held to give the residents a chance to voice their opinions and offer direction.
For any questions relating to the survey, please call Libby Woodruff at (772) 467-3169.