City Seeks Resident Input

Take the Online Citizen Survey Now: (updated: 11-8-2012)

Hundreds of randomly selected Royal Oakers recently shared their thoughts, concerns, and ideas with us in a scientific public opinion survey.  The results will soon be presented to the City Commission and public.  Now, it is your turn to participate.  Please visit the following link to the online version of the same survey:

  • Access to the Survey was closed on November 19, 2012. Thank you for your participation.

(Remember, participation is voluntary, and all answers are confidential)




Original Press Release Dated: 9-4-2012

Public opinion surveys are still being circulated to randomly selected Royal Oak residents and are expected to be returned by early October for processing.

Eight hundred randomly selected registered voters will have the opportunity to participate in the scientifically designed study.  They will receive a survey from Oakland University’s Public Affairs Research Laboratory (PARL) on behalf of the City of Royal Oak.  Question topics range from rating public services to selecting priorities for the City.  Survey results will be used to assist the City in prioritizing, improving, and planning for future services and programs.

Mayor Jim Ellison thinks the survey is especially important and encourages those who receive the survey instrument to complete it and return it. “Royal Oak has eliminated over 25% of its workforce in recent years because of declining tax revenue and increasing legacy costs.  A survey is a great way to find out the priorities and interests of residents, especially those that we do not regularly hear from.  This is a chance for us to find out how residents view the services the City provides, and an opportunity for residents to have their voice heard,” Mayor Ellison said.  

PARL is an outreach initiative of Oakland University’s College of Arts and Sciences.  “We have been doing surveys of this sort for more than 20 years across the greater metro area,” said J.P. Piskulich, Director of PARL.  

A final report is anticipated by the end of October, and will be presented to the City Commission.  The report will also be available to everyone via the City of Royal Oak website.   

Office of the City Manager
Contact:  Donald Johnson, City Manager (248) 246-3200


Posted: 9-4-2012
Updated: 9-21-2012

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