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Osei, Philip
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Review of the Portmore Municipal Council and the Municipality Experience 2003-2010
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2010
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102 pp
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http:; portmoremc.gov.jm/sites/default/files/resources/review_of_portmore_municipal_council.pdf
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Abstract
A municipality is defined as a town or district that has its own local government. A door-to-door survey of randomly selected citizens of Portmore (mostly heads of households who were 18 years and over) was conducted in March and April 2010 and the data from 1,211 questionnaires (respondents) were entered and analysed using the SPSS. In the qualitative review of the Municipal Council, 22 key stakeholders were interviewed. The review of the municipality experience showed that the people of Portmore are generally very pleased with the conferment of a municipality status on their town since June 2003. Of the ten items measuring the quality of life within the Portmore Municipality, respondents were generally dissatisfied with six of them (or 60%), and only satisfied with 4 items (or 40%) .Respondents were generally satisfied with the sense of safety within the municipality (62%), the quality of neighbourhoods (67%), the access to health services (50%) and the quality of library services (37%). However, respondents were generally dissatisfied with the recreational opportunities available within the municipality (60%), access to job opportunities (62%), the level of economic development (68%), consultations with service users by councillors (62%), timeliness of services (56%) and transparency within the municipality council (45%). Of the seventeen service areas provided within the Portmore Municipality, respondents were generally dissatisfied with nine of them (or 53%), and satisfied with eight (or 47%). Recommendations and suggested ammendments were discussed.....
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