Need to know how many cities in your population range have the same form of government as your city?
Wonder how many cities in your region contract out their fire services and to what entity?
Searching for the average surcharge imposed by cities that provide water service to neighboring jurisdictions?
Trying to draft an ethics ordinance and wondering which other cities have already done so?
The Florida League of Cities Center for Municipal Research & Innovation can help.
Through the CMRI’s annual CityStats survey, answers to these questions and more can be provided to our member cities’ elected officials and staff. But our answers are dependent on your participation! The 2018 survey will launch in April via email to all Florida cities.
Launched in 2011, CityStats is comprised of 35-40 questions on key aspects of municipal government and is the cornerstone of all data analysis at the League. It’s important that the CMRI receives the largest possible percentage of responses from the League’s members. The data is most relevant with a 100-percent response rate because it then is a true reflection of municipal activities for the year, and it helps determine trends over multiple years.
How is the data used?
- To produce the annual State of the Cities report
- To support the League’s legislative advocacy efforts
- To guide FLC University’s training and education opportunities
- To provide answers for dozens of member city data inquiries per year
Much of the data collected through the survey is not available anywhere else. League members can use the results for a better understanding of issues occurring in their communities, and for determining how national, statewide and regional trends and events are impacting Florida cities.
In 2017, CityStats surveys were collected from 314 of Florida’s 412 cities, totaling 76 percent of the total statewide municipal population. Watch your city’s email for this year’s survey. Contact FLC Research Analyst Liane Schrader at 850-222-9684 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.