The borough mailed out its to all Fair Lawn property owners and renters this week, a few days earlier than anticipated.
The two-page double-sided surveys, which ask residents to answer questions about demographics, municipal engagement and social service preferences, must be completed and returned to the borough -- via mail or borough building drop-off -- by Oct. 1 to be considered.
The responses provided by residents will inform the council’s future budgetary decisions around what services the town may be forced to reduce or eliminate in wake of today's harsh economic realities.
"If you don’t exercise your right to respond to a survey, then don’t complain about your elected officials making the best judgment that they make,” Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski, a supporter of mailing out the survey, said in July.
Personal information about residents, who are identified only by their block and lot number, will not be revealed to employees analyzing the data.
A July Patch survey that sought to gauge resident support of the borough's attempt to poll the public found that 72 percent of respondents believed it was "a good idea," assuming a decent response rate.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, assistant borough manager Jim Van Kruiningen said two residents had already returned their completed surveys.
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For more information, call the Borough Manager’s Office at 201-794-5314.