Citizens’ group surveys Longmont council candidates

Citizens’ group surveys Longmont council candidates
Funded entirely by Longmont residents, American Tradition Partnership – Longmont asks candidates where they stand on balanced environmental, jobs policies

Colorado’s largest and fastest-growing grassroots advocate of rational, pro-jobs environmental policies has sent all candidates for Longmont City Council a survey asking their positions on important issues facing the city.

Candidates had until Oct. 10. to have their returned American Tradition Partnership – Longmont surveys postmarked for delivery.  Results are currently being compiled.  The survey program was funded entirely by Longmont residents.

“Longmont is a wonderful place to live and raise a family,” said American Tradition Partnership – Longmont Executive Director Donald Ferguson.  “Citizens have a right to know where candidates stand on issues affecting their jobs and family budgets.  As a grassroots group supported by citizens, ATP-Longmont is committed to holding candidates accountable and advocating environmental policies that balance stewardship with prosperity.”

ATP – Longmont does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Powered by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to promoting rational, responsible energy and environmental policies.

The survey questions follow:

1) Will you oppose any effort to enter Longmont into a “revenue sharing” agreement with Boulder County, which would transfer control of Longmont development decisions and Longmont taxpayers’ money to Boulder?
[  ] Yes            [  ] No

2) Would you support the City of Longmont spending taxpayer money for energy efficiency or so-called “green” projects, even if the project will never achieve the promised cost savings, or a measurable financial “break-even” point?
[  ] Yes            [  ] No

3) Will you oppose any attempt to increase taxes, taxpayer-funded subsidies or by any means raise consumer costs of energy for the advancement of so-called “alternative” energy sources?
[  ] Yes            [  ] No

4) In 2010, Mayor Brian Baum and a majority on City Council blocked an attempt to give away $150,000 of Longmont utility customers’ funds to help provide $4,500 “stimulus” checks to a handful of residents. The funds were to be used to buy solar panels for private homes whose owners could afford the additional $25,000 cost. Councilmembers Sarah Levison, Sean McCoy and Brian Hansen supported the program.  Do you support the Mayor’s and Council majority’s decision to oppose such publicly funded “bailout” money for “green” projects?
[  ] Yes            [  ] No

5) Proposition 103 raises income and sales taxes for the claimed purpose of increasing funding for schools.  Do you support or oppose Proposition 103?
[  ] Oppose           [  ] Support

6) Twin Peaks Mall has become a front-burner issue in Longmont, and the loss of tax revenue from shoppers traveling to other communities is burdening the city. Do you support tax incentives and other proactive measures being offered by the city to induce developer Harvest Junction to redevelop the Twin Peaks Mall, so long as the measure is revenue-neutral or revenue-positive in in its early stages?
[  ] Yes            [  ] No

7) Do you support anti-growth policies or maintaining high regulations and fees for homebuilding in Longmont, similar to policies in Boulder?
[  ] Support            [  ] Oppose

8) The Audubon Society allows natural resource exploration in its wildlife refuges if such development is done in a safe and clean manner, in part because it means large amounts of revenue for the wildlife charity.  Will you support resource exploration in any and all eligible areas if all aesthetic, safety and environmental standards were met, and if it benefit the city’s revenues?
[  ] Yes             [  ] No

9) A detailed EPA report (available on our website) ties burdensome regulation to premature death due to destruction of economic opportunity – particularly for poor and middle-class communities. Do you agree that radical environmentalism and excessive regulation poses a threat to Americans’ health, rights, property and prosperity?
[  ] Yes            [  ] No

10) One Longmont City Council member has advocated a homebuilding moratorium. Do you believe this type of policy would be detrimental to the city of Longmont?
[  ] Yes            [  ] No

10) Do you support or oppose the expansion of Longmont Municipal Airport?
[  ] Support            [  ] Oppose

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