6. The City has a well-established program for funding affordable housing for low and moderate income residents. The surge in development has put significant pressure on housing that used to be affordable to Boulder’s middle-income residents, defined as earning up to 150% of AMI. Do you view this as an affordability issue that should be addressed, and if so, what are your ideas for how to address it?

It is difficult to argue with the intent and premise of the Smart Regs program. Health and safety of Boulder residents, regardless of renting or owning, is a key function of city government. For me, the greatest disappointment is the small amount of funding that was initially approved to help property owns comply and the speed with which those funds were depleted.

As a property owner, home owner, and a committed environmentalist, I believe that conservation is always the first step in reducing energy consumption and improving livability and performance. Conservation is also a key element for us to reach our climate goals.

While the effort to municipalize is partly unrelated, I can’t help but link funding and support for SmartRegs with the money being spent in our efforts to municipalize. Things are moving very quickly with municipalization right now so it is difficult to say exactly what would happen if the muni fails or goes forward in relation to funding for program like Smart Regs. But, I can say that I do support additional funding for SmartReg implementation, particularly for older homes, rentals at below market rates, and smaller property owners.

If they don’t already, the should work with BARHA to promote and market “Green Rent” i.e. the idea that a property that has been brought up to SmartReg standards is a win/win for the tenant (lower total cost rent+utilities) and the landlord sees a return for their investment in greater rent.