Economic concerns top the list of issues for Espanola residents and businesses.

Espanola council has released its Oracle Poll results.

The 2019 Citizen Survey Report was carried out in July and August of this year, updating the previous one done three years ago.

Economic stability, especially jobs, was number one with some expressing concerns about attracting new businesses to Espanola and the future of the Domtar Mill.

Taxation was the second-highest issue at 13%, but down from 22% in 2016 while crime and/or public safety was third on the list at 10%.

The detailed document means the council has some homework to do in compiling and using the information to benefit the municipality while also providing direction in developing several programs, such as the Strategic Plan and recreation.

The link for the survey is espanola.ca … Click on the council, then the agenda pdf for September 24th, 2019 council meeting titled: 190924 Regular Council Agenda