About 70 percent of Windsor residents support the idea of a tax increase to expand the Community Recreation Center, according to a survey conducted by George K. Baum and presented to the Windsor Town Board on Monday.
Don Diones, president of George K. Baum — a consultant group — said the mail survey was sent to more than 6,800 active voters in town and about 1,000 surveys were returned. He cautioned that the survey was not a scientific poll and was not a predictor of a ballot measure’s likely success or failure, however it provided a “general undertone of the electorate.”
“That’s an awesome response,” Diones said.
About 42 percent of the respondents have lived in Windsor more than 10 years, 66 percent don’t have school-age children, 93 percent own a home, about half currently use the recreation center and 88 percent said they had at least some awareness of the idea to expand the recreation center, Diones said.
About 62 percent of respondents said that their initial reaction to the proposal would be to support it and 70 percent said they would vote “yes” on the ballot question if the election was held today.
According to the survey responses, the most popular aquatic programs in the survey were open swim, lap swim and water aerobics. The most popular fitness programs were muscle-conditioning classes, resistance training classes and boot camps. The most popular adult programs were indoor walking, health and wellness and cooking. The most popular senior classes were genealogy, knitting and sewing classes and a lounge area. The most popular youth classes were summer activity camps, school break camps and arts and crafts. Other popular programs included an open gym, pool parties and a climbing wall.
Diones said the survey results showed there was no overriding concern presented in the open-ended questions and those who did mention a concern about the project focused on the total cost, future operating costs, tax increase and inadequacy of the size of project.
To view the full results online, go to http://www.windsorgov.com/DocumentCenter/View/11400.