Broadband-This is our key issue for the future. Municipal run broadband is the most cost efficient, and locally managed form.
Education-Although the City Council has no direct impact on education, we as leaders can bring along the community in this integral part of positive growth.
Growth-Growth needs to be better managed. The City of Loveland is not supposed to be the arm of growth, but to create the platform of growth for others.
LIST OF ISSUES
At the League of Women's Voters forum in 2017 I was bothered that no other would agree to a resolution against white supremacists. I was the only candidate to emphatically state "yes". When you are silent with white supremacists, they deem you as agreeing with them. All other candidates stated that no resolution was needed. I have to wonder if their political base are sympathetic to these people. I will always stand strong against those of narrow mind who demand is divided.
This is by far our most important subject for the future of Loveland. Broadband has an interesting choice. If you of nothing expecting the private sector to fix it, they won't. When you do implement Broadband, they suddenly find the money and resources to compete and upgrade.
Here is the basic of Broadband
100 million for a 5 year buildout-This is reasonable. We have and opportunity to save millions on this buildout. Our current utilities department is planning on burying the overhead lines in our city. They can add a Fiber line at the same time saving money and time.
Fiber 1000 megabits or 1 gigabit
Comcast 250 megabits
Century Link 40 megabits
Rise Broadband 20 megabits
These are their numbers under the best of conditions. Comcast is releasing a gigabit system to some areas at $300 a month. Longmont, and most municipal systems, price a gigabit service at around $60 a month. When Comcast gets competition, they suddenly drop their prices by about half. Point is that whether you use the Fiber broadband or not, you will come out ahead.
Provo Utah is the first city that is cited when you want to question Fiber. Provo failed because it tried to do a private involvement in their system.
There are many successful cities that use Fiber from Sandy Oregon, to Chattanooga Tennessee. I am the only City Council candidate that will move this imperative subject forward. All other candidates make statements of need to study or question the cost. This makes me wonder if they have any understanding of the subject at all.
Giving away over 300 million of sales tax revenue, then asking the citizens for an .085 percent tax increase is wrong. We need to elect people who will not transfer that tax burden onto the regular citizens of Loveland. If we implement a plan of growth that is built on the foundation of prosperity, then we can have growth on our terms instead of now being beggars for growth. Our current growth forgets how important education is to that foundation. Once we pay attention to the basics, then we can ask companies what they will do for us, instead of what we can give them.
Companies want to move to cities that their employees families will enjoy, those families look for a strong foundation in education. Our city of Loveland needs to grow up to the fact that funding of our schools is of the utmost importance.
Growth will happen regardless of your position. Our question to ask is, what do we get for it?
I have been the only person to campaign on a specific solution to transportation. In 2017 I said we should cross the canal and finish 37th street to the east of hwy 287. Coincidentally, this is now being done before the election. I am succeeding before getting elected.
I have always been a strong proponent of the environment, because this leads to the positive growth we want. This is turn makes a place that business wants to be. Not just minimum wage business that we have now, but business that provides good jobs that pay well. I fill my 2 recycle cans before I even fill half of my trash can.
It seems that to many elected officials and candidates follow a manual on how to get elected in Loveland. They check off each box. Men have to have a military history, then you have some government volunteer committee, then you have a history of living here, And finally a good story, and never say anything controversial.
None of these manuals leads to imagination or original thinking. These are the attributes I bring to the job. I have depth to my policy. Theirs seems to be a go along, and get along policy so they can put a notch in their political belt.
We must remember that demand comes from families and people, business is to supply that demand. The business community in Loveland needs to get on board with better funding of schools.
According to a University of Madison-Wisconsin study each Wal-mart costs a community about a million dollars. An idea I have had is what I call the Small Business UBI. A fee on a business where the CEO makes more than 20 times the lowest paid employee. This fee would then be put into a pool, not for the city government, but as a fund that our existing small businesses would draw on the supplement their employees wages or benefits.
We need to stop giving sales tax breaks to large business, because this burdens our existing small businesses with a tax burden. We need to nourish our existing home-town businesses. I like small business that looks each employee in the eye, rather than a number to be laid off.
Our Police department is not at parity with other towns. This is leaving our officers over worked and stretched thinner than they should be. We need to hire more officers so that we can also start moving them to detective status and fill our ranks. For Loveland to remain a safe town we need to pay attention to our civil servants instead of taking them for granted.