Yuma County wants your input

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma County officials want to know where your priorities lie.

“We definitely want to hear from the public on this,” budget director Joe Flory said.

Flory said the County wants to know what residents hope to see happen over the next ten years. In the fall, responses will be presented to the board of supervisors as they create the County’s ten year budget.

“We don’t want to develop a long term financial plan based on staff’s decisions or what’s important and what’s not. The Board needs to get information about what the community thinks are the most important services the County provides, so the board can direct the long term financial plan accordingly,” Flory said.

Areas up for discussion are health and safety, county resources, customer satisfaction, economic development and public awareness and participation. Anyone can provide input through an online survey, available in English and Spanish. The County will also hold 5 workshops for public comment in August. Some locals hope their responses won’t go unheard.

“We hear a lot of promises in any kind of government, whether it’s municipal, or county, or any kind of government. A lot of times at the bottom, we don’t see any changes,” Yuma County resident David Thomas said.

The online survey will be available through August. The board of supervisors will review the results sometime in the fall.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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