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    Summary tables for questionnaire items from the Spring 2017 Wave of the MPPS broken down by jurisdiction type, population size, and region of the state:

    Table of Contents

      Fiscal Health

    1. Good or Bad Times in the coming year?
      1. Better or Less Able to meet jurisdiction's needs this fiscal year than last
      2. Better or Less Able to meet jurisdiction's needs next fiscal year than this
    2. Changes from the Last Fiscal Year to the Current Fiscal Year

      1. Change in jurisdiction's revenue from property taxes
      2. Change in jurisdiction’s revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc.
      3. Change in jurisdiction’s amount of debt
      4. Change in jurisdiction’s ability to repay its debt
      5. Change in amount of federal aid to jurisdiction
      6. Change in amount of state aid to jurisdiction
      7. Change in jurisdiction’s tax delinquencies
      8. Change in jurisdiction’s amount of home foreclosures
      9. Change in jurisdiction’s public safety needs
      10. Change in jurisdiction’s infrastructure needs
      11. Change in jurisdiction’s human service needs
      12. Change in jurisdiction’s general government operations needs
      13. Change in jurisdiction’s number of employees
      14. Change in pay rates for jurisdiction’s employee wages and salaries
      15. Change in jurisdiction’s cost of government’s employee pensions
      16. Change in jurisdiction’s cost of government’s current employee health benefits
      17. Change in jurisdiction’s cost of government’s retired employee health benefits
    3. Expected Changes from the Current Fiscal Year to the Next Fiscal Year

      1. Projected change in property tax rates
      2. Projected change in charges for fees, licenses, etc.
      3. Projected change in reliance on general fund balance
      4. Projected change in reliance on “rainy day” funds
      5. Projected change in amount of services provided
      6. Projected change in actual public safety spending
      7. Projected change in actual infrastructure spending
      8. Projected change in actual human services spending
      9. Projected change in actual general government operations spending
      10. Projected change in funding for economic development programs
      11. Projected change in amount of debt
      12. Projected change in sale of public assets
      13. Projected change in privatizing or contracting out services
      14. Projected change in number and/or scope of interlocal agreements or other cost-sharing plans with other governments
      15. Projected change in jurisdiction’s number of employees
      16. Projected change in employee pay rates
      17. Projected change in employees’ share of premiums, deductibles, and/or co-pays on health insurance
      18. Projected change in employees’ share of contributions to retirement funds
      19. Projected change in retirees’ share of premiums, deductibles, and/or co-pays on health insurance
    4. General Fund Balances

    5. Jurisdiction’s unreserved general fund balance as a percentage of general fund expenditures last year
    6. Assessment of level of jurisdiction’s unreserved general fund balance
    7. Jurisdiction’s cash flow as a fiscal health problem
      1. Jurisdiction's overall fiscal health today
      2. Jurisdiction's overall fiscal health five years from now
    8. Election Administration

      1. Cost of election administration as a problem in jurisdiction
      2. Long wait times as a problem in jurisdiction
      3. Election equipment failures/malfunctions as a problem in jurisdiction
      4. Inaccurate voter registration lists as a problem in jurisdiction
      5. Reliable internet connectivity for communication with the Secretary of State as a problem in jurisdiction
      6. Disturbances at polling places as a problem in jurisdiction
      7. Recruiting poll workers with necessary skills as a problem in jurisdiction
      8. Recruiting enough poll workers as a problem in jurisdiction
      9. Poll worker errors as a problem in jurisdiction
      1. Effectiveness of poll worker training by the County
      2. Effectiveness of initial election-related training for new clerks by the State
      3. Effectiveness of continuing election-related education for clerks by the State
      1. Confidence in the ability of jurisdiction to administer an accurate election
      2. Confidence in the ability of the County Clerk’s office to administer an accurate recount
    9. Voting Equipment Update

      1. Agree or disagree that new voting equipment will be worth new costs to jurisdiction
      2. Agree or disagree that new voting equipment will improve election administration in jurisdiction
      3. Agree or disagree that the State’s cost-sharing approach is appropriate
    10. Support or oppose the State’s initiative to have cities and townships update voting equipment
    11. Election Administration Reforms

    12. Support or oppose having county government administer jurisdiction’s elections if given the option
      1. Support or oppose synchronizing Michigan voter lists with other states’ lists
      2. Support or oppose pre-registration of 16-year-olds
      3. Support or oppose stricter regulation of voter registration drives
      4. Support or oppose allowing same-day voter registration
      5. Support or oppose absentee voting with no excuse required
      6. Support or oppose on-site early voting
      7. Support or oppose stricter voter ID requirements
      8. Support or oppose requiring employers to provide time off to vote
    13. Jurisdiction Employees

      1. Jurisdiction has no paid employees besides elected officials
      2. Jurisdiction has full-time employees
      3. Jurisdiction has part-time employees
      4. Jurisdiction has seasonal employees
      5. Jurisdiction has temporary/irregular employees
    14. Employee Wages and Benefits

      1. Level of jurisdiction's employee pay rate for new hires
      2. Level of jurisdiction's employee pay rate for current employees
      1. Jurisdiction provides fringe benefit package(s) to new hires
      2. Jurisdiction provides fringe benefit package(s) to current employees
      1. Level of jurisdiction's employee fringe benefit package(s) for new hires
      2. Level of jurisdiction's employee fringe benefit package(s) for current employees
    15. Personnel Issues

      1. Recruiting employees with needed skills a problem for jurisdiction
      2. Retaining current employees a problem for jurisdiction
      3. Turnover due to retirements a problem for jurisdiction
      4. Transfer of knowledge from departing employees a problem for jurisdiction
      5. Employee morale a problem for jurisdiction
      6. Adequate skillsets among current employees a problem for jurisdiction
      7. Other personnel problems for jurisdiction
      1. Shortage of qualified candidates contributes to recruitment/retention problems
      2. Not providing competitive compensation contributes to recruitment/retention problems
      3. Poaching contributes to recruitment/retention problems
      4. Work atmosphere contributes to recruitment/retention problems
    16. Succession Planning

    17. Jurisdiction’s status for developing a formal succession planning process
      1. Why unlikely to develop succession plan: Jurisdiction doesn’t need one at this time
      2. Why unlikely to develop succession plan: Formal succession planning not a priority for jurisdiction’s leadership
      3. Why unlikely to develop succession plan: Lack of financial resources
      4. Why unlikely to develop succession plan: Lack of staff time
      5. Why unlikely to develop succession plan: Lack of internal expertise
    18. Workforce size and public perception

    19. Overall size of jurisdiction’s workforce today compared to size before the Great Recession
      1. Adequacy of workforce size to deliver desired fire services
      2. Adequacy of workforce size to deliver desired police services
      3. Adequacy of workforce size to deliver desired administration / management services
      4. Adequacy of workforce size to deliver other desired public works and services
    20. Public’s perception of government workers in jurisdiction
    21. Evaluating current events and political issues

    22. United States going in right direction or on wrong track
    23. State of Michigan going in right direction or on wrong track
    24. Governor Snyder’s job performance
    25. Michigan Legislature’s job performance
      1. Rating of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s job performance
      2. Rating of the Department of Treasury’s job performance
      3. Rating of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)’s job performance
      4. Rating of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s job performance
      5. Rating of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s job performance
      6. Rating of the Department of Health and Human Services’ job performance
      7. Rating of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)’s job performance
      8. Rating of the Secretary of State’s job performance
      9. Rating of the Department of Transportation (MDOT)’s job performance
      10. Rating of the Attorney General’s job performance
      11. Rating of the State Police’s job performance
    26. President Trump’s job performance
    27. U.S. Congress’s job performance
    28. Rural or Urban Jurisdiction

    29. Is jurisdiction rural, urban, or somewhere in between

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