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Survey: library priority

Darren Stewart
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (May 07/03) - Mick Jagger once sang that he couldn't get no satisfaction--he probably wasn't living in Yellowknife at the time.

Yellowknifers told pollsters they're overwhelmingly happy with their quality of life.

The survey results were presented at a city committee meeting on Monday.

Of the 800 random families who were surveyed, 89 per cent said they were either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with living in the city. That number is slightly lower than the 92 per cent satisfaction rate recorded in a similar study in 2001.

Pollster Lois Little said that number is not statistically significant.

"People are still, on the whole, very happy to live in Yellowknife," she said.

When asked what their top three priorities for the city are, 66 per cent of people said they wanted a new library. That figure comes just two weeks after council nixed a five-year plan to look into the feasibility of a new library facility.

That prompted a rebuke from Coun. Alan Woytiuk.

"Why didn't we know this back when we were making decisions about the library," he said.

The survey also showed that 66 per cent of people are satisfied with the current library location, which Little called "conflicting numbers."

The biggest complaint respondents had about living in Yellowknife is the cost of housing and utilities.

The survey didn't include questions about the new Multiplex.