Government Performance and Accountability

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Regular Meetings, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00 p.m., Common Council Chambers, City Hall, 108 East Green Street.

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The Government Performance & Accountability (GPA) Committee is a Standing Committee of Common Council, and its membership consists of 5 Common Council members.   Members of this committee are appointed by the Mayor at the beginning of each year.  This committee will foster greater government accountability by setting priorities for and analyzing the efficiency of city government operations; promote and encourage increased citizen participation and involvement in government through an enhanced public information system; and develop an infrastructure that will move the city towards a performance management system and a city report card.  The GPA Committee also works on City Charter and Code legislation and revisions.

Novak Report:

In 2011, the City hired the Novak Consulting Group to conduct an organizational analysis for the city and develop a performance measures framework.  At the conclusion of their work, the consultant highlighted fifteen key recommendations The GPA Committee's 2012 work plan will focus on some of these recommendations.  You can find the Novak Report here

City Survey Results

During the months of August and September 2011, the Survey Research Institute (SRI) of Cornell University, conducted a city wide resident telephone survey.  The data analysis has been completed and a final report is available here

A quick glance at the results indicates:
· 78% of respondents were satisfied with the quality of life in Ithaca.
· Several city departments and services were rated with a more than 75% level of satisfaction.
· 61% of respondents are dissatisfied with the maintenance of city roads and 38% are dissatisfied with city sidewalks.
· 53% reported that they do not understand how their tax dollars are spent.