Bennett Rutledge has lived in what’s now Centennial since 1998. He has worked as an information technology professional for more than four decades, currently with a banking company and formerly with the Federal Highway Administration.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Univesity of Arizona.
Campaign website: centennial.rutledges.space
Why do you want to serve on the Centennial City Council?
I shook hands with the founding mayor of Centennial, back when the city had a paid staff of only 30 people. I liked his philosophy of low taxes, contract services and limited government intervention in a citizen’s way of life. We have since had the city council lay on new taxes and had the city council create new “services” that benefit a few and in many cases leave most of Centennial worse off. I see that Centennial has lost its way, lured by the current fashions in governance style.
What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?
I am wary of temptations to offer tax concessions to glitzy corporations in hopes of tax “growth” drawn from other persons in Centennial. I would exercise eminent domain only for right-of-way and other purposes which clearly are public use and watch that the compensation for such taking is just.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?
We could blacklist fraudsters who promise affordable housing or multiple-use development in exchange for zoning concessions but only complete high-end units.
What can city council do to improve traffic flow in Centennial?
One place to look, of particular interest to District 2, is Orchard Road. Any deeper discussion of this stretch of road alone would blow way past the Centennial Citizen’s hundred-word cap on answers. The details of this summer’s Long Road repair detour in particular will be long remembered as “not the right answer.” As an alumnus of the FHWA, I can bring almost a quarter-century of my experience in serving the traveling public.
What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?
The council has forgotten its duty to limit government intervention in the lives of its citizens, and has allowed (fees) to expand beyond any real need.