Newly-elected Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo hopes the community-wide online survey will reveal what issues matter the most to residents and help determine priorities for her first year as county judge.
The topics covered in the survey include flooding and recovery, affordable housing, schooling, child and healthcare, public spaces, infrastructure, public transportation and others. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese.
A county-wide survey of residents is "among the first steps that the county judge is taking to learn from residents what issues matter most, and what needs to be prioritized when it comes to planning things like the county budget and creating a more accessible county government," the survey website reads.
As of March 18, there have been more than 10,000 responses to the survey, according to Judge Hidalgo's Talking Transition initiative website. The initiative aims to educate the county's 4.7 million residents about local government and encourages civic engagement.
Along with the survey, Judge Hidalgo hosted Civic Saturdays, which were community meetings to discuss transportation, housing, flood mitigation and others. The final Civic Saturday was March 23.
Following the closing of the survey on March 30, county officials will summarize the findings of the survey and the "wisdom that emerged from Civic Saturdays, including the shared visions, insights and proposals shared by participants in that collective setting."
For more information and to take the survey, visit talkingtransition.us.