A telephone survey to determine the demographic characteristics of residents as well as how they feel about city services will be conducted on behalf of the city beginning Friday.

"The main purpose of it is to give us a profile of the citizens of our city," said Allen McCandless, an associate planner for Sandy who is coordinating the biannual survey.McCandless said responses to the survey will be sought from 500 of Sandy's more than 18,000 households by the Survey Research Center of the University of Utah. The survey is expected to be completed by the end of next week.

Responses will be anonymous, McCandless said, adding that the information gathered is important to city officials and the business community. Part of the survey will include questions on shopping habits, employment, income and education.

A second portion of the survey will ask respondents to rate their satisfaction with city services, such as police, fire, traffic, snow removal and recreation.

At the request of Mayor Steve Newton, they will also be asked whether they believe their property taxes are high compared to surrounding cities and how big a share they think Sandy gets from the taxes, which are split between the city, county, school district and state.

McCandless said he expects the results of the survey to be available in about a month.