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and results, click here.


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click here.


To see results of the 2005 Citizen Survey,

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In odd-numbered years, the GMVAC conducts a Citizens' Survey to gauge area residents on topics of importance to the rural community. These Citizens' Surveys help the Area Council understand the sentiments of unincorporated area residents and accurately convey them to our elected officials.


2009 Citizens Advisory Survey Results

By Peter Rimbos, Corresponding Secretary


In November nearly 800 unincorporated Rural Area citizens within the Tahoma School District participated in the election of members to the Greater Maple Valley Area Council and our bi-annual Citizens Advisory Survey. The Area Council has been conducting these surveys for over ten years to gain and maintain an understanding of citizens and their opinions on issues of importance to this Rural Area. We thank all those who participated. A summary of the responses follows (percentages provided relate to the total votes cast). These results will be shared with your county and state officials.



Regarding demographics, most people (99%) own their own property and 83% have lived in the area more than 10 years (note that each of these two statistics far exceed the County and city averages.). A majority (55%) live on 2 1/2 or more acres. A majority (57%) also have a private or small group well. Most (75%) do not want to be annexed to an urban area.


Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure

Past surveys have shown that traffic is a major problem in the Maple Valley area. A majority (59%) would not like to see carpool lanes added to SR-169 (Maple Valley Hwy.). A majority (58%) are undecided about developing light rail or commuter train service along SR-169. While many are undecided, few people (13% & 28%) would like to see expanded capacity on SR-516 (Kent-Kangley Rd.) and Petrovitsky Rd., respectively. About half (51%) do not want expanded transit options. When it comes to how to pay for transportation infrastructure, favored options vary: gas taxes (35%), vehicle taxes (22%), tolls (19%), sales taxes (17%), and auto meters (7%).


King County Services

Voters prioritized six key King County-supplied services as follows:

1) Public Safety (law enforcement)

2) Transportation (roads, transit)

3) Public Health (emergency services, mental health)

4) Flood Control & Emergency management

5) Parks & Open Space

6) Social Services (affordable housing, senior services).


Of those who responded to the next set of question -- regarding the King County Department of Development and & Environmental Services (DDES) -- many have been dissatisfied with the cost of permits (67%) and processing of permits (74%). However, they are about equally split on code enforcement. Levels of satisfaction with the Public Health--Seattle & King County in processing septic and well permits are also more or less equally split. The vast majority (95%) do not support metering of private wells.


Fire and School Levies

We closed our survey with three questions. The majority (57%) would like to see the Fire Levy amount restored (fewer would like it decreased and even fewer, increased). Just under a majority (46%) would like to see the School Levy amount restored with fewer seeking a decrease (37%). Finally, few have a home-based business (14%).


The Area Council expresses its deepest appreciation to all those who took the time and effort to participate in the election of its members and to complete our bi-annual Advisory Survey. We also especially thank those who took the extra time and efforts to give us your own valuable comments. Thank you for continuing to help the Area Council understand the sentiments of unincorporated area residents and accurately convey them to our elected officials. Detailed results can be found on our Citizens’ Survey page.