© 2017 by Matt Benjamin - Paid for by the Committee To Nominate Matt Benjamin for Council

What I'm Committed To

Effective Governance

I am committed to governing proactively and not reactively while choosing quality over quantity.  

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Affordable Housing

I fully support a re-evaluation of our affordable housing goals to make sure we are on a path to meet the variety of our communities' needs.

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Renewable Energy

I am a strong supporter of ending our reliance on fossil fuels and Boulder’s right to take control of its energy future.

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Transportation

Homelessness

It is time we take a compassionate, data driven approach to caring for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

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I support bringing transportation to the forefront of our growth and development strategies.

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Ballot Issue: 1A

Ballot Issue: 1B

Ballot Issue: 1C

I voted FOR THE MEASURE. 

This is an extension of a Boulder County $0.05 sales tax for health and human services including...

I voted FOR THE MEASURE. 

This is to extend the term limit of the Boulder County Sheriff to five terms. 

I voted FOR THE MEASURE. 

This issue is authorization to provide county-sponsored broadband services to Boulder County residents.

Ballot Issue: 2L

I voted AGAINST THE MEASURE. 

This is to renew and inrease the Utility Occupation Tax to fund the efforts to municipalize. The Utility Occupation Tax would fund another $17 million in lawsuits by the City of Boulder against Xcel. This on top of the $14 million already spent on litigation. I have explained in detail that I no longer support our efforts to municipalize as they are not a viable solution to achieving our renewable energy goals. 

Ballot Issue: 2M & 2N

I voted FOR THE MEASURE. 

This is an extension of a City of Boulder $0.03 tax for Capital Improvement Tax and Bonding for a variety of Safety, Culture and Community services. Recipients include: a new Fire Station, Emergency Radio Infrastructure, Meals on Wheels, Growing Gardens, Community Cycles, ReSource, North Boulder Library Branch, FourMile Creek Greenway, and more. I do appreciate current City Councilman, Matt Applebaum's analysis of this ballot issue in terms of where the money for these projects should really be coming from. I look forward to working with all the council members in cleaning up the budget and improving our fiscal responsibility.

Ballot Issue: 2O

I voted FOR THE MEASURE. 

This is to give the voters the decision to "go or not go" forward with the municipalization once the city has completed the exploration process and has all the final data and costs. This is a right and a responsibility of Boulder citizens to have the final say, not the City Council. 

Ballot Issue: 2P

I voted AGAINST THE MEASURE. 

This is to continue to allow City Council to hold executive sessions (closed to the public) in regards to the muni. While executive sessions are an important part of the efficiency in our City government, I am voting against the measure simply because the language of this issue is written so that only the muni topic can be discussed - not any other avenues of achieving our renewable energy goals. As I have stated, I believe the muni has become the goal unto itself to many of our city officials and the original goals of 100% renewable energy by 2030 has fallen to the wayside. Boulder should absolutely be pursuing ALL avenues of achieving these goals. 

Ballot Issue: 2Q

I voted AGAINST THE MEASURE. 

This issue intends to clean up the City Charter. I agree that our City Charter needs some cleanup to make our government more efficient. While it is a good intentioned ballot measure, this is a sneaky initiative and has far reaching impacts. The passing of this measure would create a provision in the charter regarding the creation and filling of petitions that gives the city manager too much discretion without necessary  structure from which to maintain  transparency and accountability. Our residents need MORE clarity and a clear expectation of how to directly participate in the civic process, not less.