Beginning Jan. 15, the City of Miami will conduct a door-to-door income survey of residents.

City officials said the random survey is necessary in order to determine the city's eligibility for a capital improvement planning grant.

“This grant provides funds to help Miami update its existing local inventory of governmental capital assets and local capital improvement plan and budget, said Miami City Manager Michael Spurgeon.

The grant process requires communities to create strategic plans for addressing the needs for publicly owned capital assets such as water and sewer lines, storm sewers and utility poles, according to Spurgeon.

“By prioritizing capital budget needs, a community is better prepared to meet the financial requirements for enhancing its local infrastructure and paving the way for future community and economic growth and stability.

The survey should only take a few minutes and will consist of only two questions - “How many people live at this residence? and “Is the annual family income for this residence more than (a pre-determined figure based on the number of people living within the home.)

The city will use the grant, if awarded, to create an inventory and map of community-owned assets.

“All capital improvement planning set-aside projects must qualify their proposals under the national objective to benefit at least 51 percent of people earning low to moderate incomes, which is where our survey comes in, Spurgeon said.

Census numbers from 2000 report less than 51 percent of citizens earning low to moderate incomes when a partial community survey taken in 2003 showed higher than 51 percent.

“We hope this survey of a minimum of 450 households, which will encompass a random cross-section of the entire community, will show at least the minimum required to apply for the grant, Spurgeon said.

The survey is expected to conclude Jan. 22.