Rick Gillit has lived in Englewood for more than 30 years. He is a licensed mortgage broker and real estate agent who owns Home Mortgage Lending, a residential lending company that provides loans for buying or refinancing a home. He is an honorably discharged veteran from the United States Air Force and a former production manager and engineer for manufacturing companies. Gillit is the mayor pro tem on city council and was first elected to council in 2009 and again in 2013. This would be the last consecutive term he could serve.
Contact: 303- 246-4780 or Rick@EnglewoodCitizen.com
Campaign website: www.Englewood Citizen.com
Why do you want to serve on the Englewood City Council?
I love our city and the wonderful people living here! I’ve used my experience in business while serving on council to be a positive force and bring new and fresh ideas to help us all grow and prosper into the future. Englewood will continue to need new and innovative ideas to lead us forward, and I believe I have those ideas and leadership to see it to fruition. There are numerous challenges we as a city will face in the near future, and I believe I can continue adding productive and key common-sense thoughts and ideas while leading us forward.
What can city council do to increase revenue sources for the city?
There are only a few ways to increase revenue in the city: raise taxes on our businesses and property or have more people buying items in our city to help raise revenue through sales tax collection. I prefer the latter! The best opportunity to keep the services and lifestyles we have come to enjoy in Englewood is to promote business growth. We also need people to be encouraged to buy local. It also helps if we have more people buying than we have now, which means we also need more residents in our city to increase our buyer pool.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of Englewood?
There is no easy answer. Home prices all over the Denver area including Englewood are going up. This is great for homeowners wanting to sell but very difficult for young families to be able to share the dream of homeownership. While we as a city cannot control a free market, we can provide resources … on first-time home-buying programs like Home Possible, Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and others. Unfortunately for buyers, it’s not getting cheaper (soon). Good credit, a healthy savings account and even help from families are what most young families are doing now.
What types of crime most need to be addressed in the city and what can be done?
Simple — all crimes! I have spent many hours on ride-alongs with our police department, and I know that no crime is overlooked. The city takes crime seriously and even has teams undercover in areas that are higher in crime to … stop criminals from having free reign in our city. Recently, on Delaware Street, we had a problem home with drugs and other crimes committed. The city had a task force assigned to this issue and brought relief to the residents of this community. The city is committed to continue fighting crime in all ways possible.
What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?
We have (successfully) put off numerous capital improvement projects ... we have an aging infrastructure that will need replacement or major refurbishment … The solution to these issues must be well thought-out and be presented to our community with … options. We need to address the Englewood Civic Center building. This is a very expensive property .... We spend over $1 million a year in utilities alone. To ensure we have the resources going to where it is needed most we must …ask whether we can do it cheaper. We could get another building (and) save money (for) capital projects.