Results from the 2012 Yakima Citizen Survey have been released and they show people who took the survey believe several aspects of the community should be improved, ranging from street repair and employment opportunities to crime prevention and the overall reputation of Yakima. City Manager Tony O'Rourke says key findings from the survey, such as only 21% of the respondents rating street
repairs as “good” or “excellent”, 15% rating code enforcement as “good” or “excellent”, and just
28% rating the overall direction that Yakima is taking as “good” or “excellent”, provide the city
with a clear indication of areas it needs to focus on and enhance.

Among the more positive results from the survey, 84% of the respondents rated fire services as
“good” or “excellent”, 80% gave the same rating to garbage collection, and 88% “strongly
support” or “somewhat support” implementation of a curbside recycling program.