Forty-year Anoka-Ramsey resident Matt Look is seeking re-election for Anoka County Commissioner in District 1 ,which includes the cities of Ramsey, Nowthen, St. Francis, Oak Grove, and precincts 2 and 3 in Anoka.
“I have had the opportunity to work with really good people and help to chart a course for the county that will achieve financial stability and security for many years to come,” Look said.
Since his election, the County Board cut the levy and controlled spending. As a result, the 2016 taxes being levied are close to 2010 levels. “Through innovative approaches, this County Board has become the envy of counties,” Look said.
Anoka County has focused on paying cash instead of adding debt and proactively budgeted in advance for known expenses, according to Look, and as a result he said the county has made significant investments in deferred maintenance for facilities and state-of-the-art information technology while paying off debt at record levels.
“In the past six years, we have paid off $50 million in debt and we are charted to pay off 77.7 percent of our debt in 10 years,” Look said.
These best management practices have elevated the county’s financial rating from “Good” to “Strong,” according to Look, who said the focus has been on needs vs. wants, a campaign promise Look had made.
District 1 is well represented through the 14 boards and committees that Look serves on. Transportation accomplishments include:
-(Anoka) Fairoak and Thurston highway improvements, and Highway 47 planning for congestion mitigation
-(Ramsey) Improvements on Highway 10 at Armstrong Blvd. interchange, Ramsey Northstar Station, Bunker Lake Boulevard upgrade, County Road 83 Armstrong Boulevard overlay, County Rd. 5 overlay, and future work to include underpasses at Sunfish Lake and Ramsey boulevards.
-(Nowthen) County Road 22 concrete “white topping”
-(Oak Grove) Oak Grove Cedar Creek Conservation Area (540 acres) purchase, County Roads 9 and 22 intersection upgrade, County Road 22 “white topping”
-(St. Francis) County 9/Bridge Street intersection redesign, a future “safe school route tunnel” for Pederson Trail/Highway 47, and support for a possible YMCA in northern Anoka County.
Married for 22 years, Look has two children and is a small business owner. A Bethel University graduate, he served on the Ramsey City Council from 2006-2010. Look is an avid outdoor sportsman and enjoys watching his sons play basketball, baseball, and soccer while volunteering with the Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association.