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City of Ocala to Survey Residents on Quality of Life, Satisfaction with Services and Council Pay Adjustment

Post Date:03/02/2018 4:48 PM

OCALA, Fla. (March 2, 2018) – The City of Ocala will survey a random sample of residents during the month of March to better understand their opinions on quality of life, satisfaction with City services and a salary adjustment for the Ocala City Council. These survey responses will help guide City Council and City staff in its decisions moving forward.

According to City staff, this eight-question telephone survey will take approximately three minutes to complete. Residents will be asked questions regarding quality of life, levels of service and how they receive information about the City. In addition, residents will be asked if they support the Council members receiving raises that would put their salaries in line with what other elected officials receive in comparable cities.

City Council members are currently paid $200 monthly, while the City Council President receives a salary of $250 monthly. City Council members have not received a salary increase since 1977.

Click here to view the 2017 Salary Study of Florida Municipal Elected Officials

The telephone survey will be conducted by Baldrige Group, LLC, a performance-excellence consulting firm based in Sarasota, FL, with more than 30 years of experience in the industry.

Baldrige Group will call a random sample of City of Ocala residents Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 16. Calls will be made Monday through Friday only.  If residents have caller ID, the phone numbers that will appear will be 352-389-5811 or 352-389-5412.

As required by the Code of Ethics of the National Council on Public Polls and the United States Privacy Act of 1974, Baldrige Group will maintain the anonymity of customers who participate in the survey. No information will be released that may, in any way, reveal their answers to the survey questions.

For more information about this survey, please contact the City of Ocala at 352-629-2489 or visit

Frequently Asked Questions - Proposed Ocala City Council Member Salary Increases

  • How much do the City Council members currently make?
  • Ocala City Council members receive a salary of $200 monthly. The City Council President earns $250 monthly.
  • When was the last time they received salary increases?
  • Ocala City Council members last received a salary increase in 1977.
  • How much do the elected officials in other cities earn?
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