Joe Borton has served on Meridian City Council since 2005 and says he is “excited to continue to work.”
Borton has announced he is running to hold seat number two on city council. Borton told BoiseDev if he’s reelected, his three leading focuses will be staying fiscally conservative, being transparent, and improving the town’s quality of life.
The big three
For Borton being fiscally conservative means keeping the City of Meridian out of debt.
“We have zero debt,” he said. “We save, I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve learned from those before me, that have ingrained a conservative fiscal principle in Meridian. So that’s a big deal. Maintaining that. Our taxpayers win because of that.”
“Functional transparency” has been and will continue to be a top priority for Borton. This means making the city’s public business and decisions easily accessible to all.
“Probably the best in the state, (I) would put us against anybody in being functionally transparent,” Borton said. “In how we do our public meetings, and how we use Open Gov. so our checkbook is wide open. The public can run reports on their own. It’s fantastic. I love that and there’s more we can do. Through COVID we became the best at providing access to the public to participate remotely, which we’re going to maintain and improve on improving access for individuals with childcare issues or mobility issues.”
Regarding the growth in the city, Borton says the focus is quality over quantity. He wants to help the people and businesses in Meridian grow by “enhancing” their quality of life.
“That’s what is driving people to move here, and that’s what folks who’ve been here, us long-timers, it’s why we’ve stuck around,” he said. “We get the need to keep an eye on maintaining, so parks open space, unique innovative entertainment opportunities, really diverse and creative housing opportunities, fresh and progressive employment opportunities, all of those, create a landscape for a good quality of life.”
Passion to serve
From handling the COVID-19 pandemic to navigating the rising housing prices in the Treasure Valley, whatever the challenge, Borton wants to serve Meridian.
“The reason that I first ran I just fell in love with Meridian,” he said. “And the folks that I served with back in the day, have sort of created that desire to serve. My office is here downtown, and visiting with folks in the grocery store, or at the ball fields where my boys grew up playing, it’s still extremely fun and enjoyable. You know the challenges of being a good steward for Meridian.”
BoiseDev will profile each candidate for Boise City Council, Garden City City Council and Meridian City Council as they formally file to run for office.