Citizen Attitudes, Beliefs and Perceptions about the Dripping Springs, Texas Community
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The City of Dripping Springs, Texas, has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade. Its citizens and leaders have struggled with issues such as the availability of water resources, land use regulation, and growing community needs. At the same time, the City has had to deal with its inability to provide services and regulate growth outside of the city limits. The primary purpose of this research is descriptive: to describe the attitudes, perceptions and beliefs that the people living in the City of Dripping Springs and in its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) have about the community. The descriptive categories used in the research are: Citizen Participation and Community Development; Quality of Life; Physical Infrastructure; and Economic Vitality and Development. The research's secondary purpose is exploratory: to answer the hypothesis that there is a difference between the attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of the people living in the City of Dripping Springs and those who live in its ETJ. A third purpose of the research is to provide a comprehensive description of the Dripping Springs area. This research uses a previously administered survey to learn what attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs the people living in the City of Dripping Springs and in its ETJ have about the community. The surveys were statistically analyzed, and independent samples t-tests and Mann-Whitney tests were performed to test the hypothesis. It is hoped that this research has provided the leaders of the City of Dripping Springs with an accurate description of "where we are." This information can aid them in identifying and prioritizing problems, and figuring out "where we want to be."