The City of Pryor has contracted Jerry Epperly to conduct a low to moderate income survey of a portion of the city.
The purpose of the survey is to determine eligibility for funding assistance of projects the
city may wish to apply for under the Community Development Block Grant program. This same type survey was done by Epperly and several volunteers in 2006. At that time, the survey indicated greater than 51 percent of the local population was in the low to moderate income category making Pryor eligible for CDBG grants. The survey must be completed every five years for the city to stay eligible to apply for grants.
As a result of the last survey, the city of Pryor received between $300,000 and $400,000 in grants used for improvements.
The areas of the city to be surveyed this time are primarily north of Ninth Street to the city limits east west and north. There are approximately 2,000 households in that area with a random sampling of 350 required.
A water meter list of those households was obtained from MUB and numbered in ascending order. Those home numbers that coincide with the random number list provided by the Oklahoma Department of commerce will be interviewed.
The survey is done door to door and by telephone. If a person is not at home or an adult is not available, a survey worksheet will be left with alternate ways to respond. It is very simple and takes less than a minute to complete.
There are only two questions. Persons need not disclose their actual household income but instead look at a chart and see if it is above or below a number that matches the number of persons in their household. No names will be taken and the survey results are given a number to maintain privacy of those participating. The 2006 survey had near 100 percent response rate of those contacted and hopefully again most persons will take just a minute to help their community. The survey is set to begin the first week of February and be complete in mid March weather permitting. Questions about the survey may be directed to the Mayor's office (918) 825-4077 or Epperly at (918) 373-0323.
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