Helping Build Our Shared Future

I’m running for Select Board to help our whole community have the brightest possible future. Learn more at MattForBelmont.com

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Visually Explore the Budget

Belmont’s employees and volunteers do a lot with a little! Local municipal governments and public schools are complex, dynamic environments where we, the residents, are the owners, board members, customers, employers and owners. Explore deep into the budget details for the past several years. Go to the visual budget explorer now.

Visual budget screenshot of stacked bar chart and tree-map

Explore the SCIG Report

The Structural Change Impact Group (SCIG) published its final report on March 31, 2022. At nearly 500 pages, the report is the culmination of collaborative and individual investigation, community outreach, and pouring through documents and best practices. Built from the final document, the site allows you to sort, search and link more than 130 ideas affecting Belmont’s finances, operations and services. Go to the SCIG site now.

Our Library: Well Worth It

I’ve dug deep into the raw data, combed through years of reports and statistics to give you the measured economic cost/benefit analysis. Spoiler: You don’t need an economics degree or even “love libraries” to conclude a yes vote rewards our community in just a few years. I’ll let the numbers do the talking, and help to look up exactly what saying yes will cost your household.

Thank You for Voting, Belmont

I am a parent of two BPS children (Burbank and Chenery). Our family has made a multi-decade commitment to Belmont and our community–a commitment to multi-generational thoughtfulness and ideals.

I have the time, passion, persistence and patience to represent Precinct 1 at our Town Meeting.

In my work, I analyze data: investments, companies, and even hyper-local municipal data such as budgets, zoning policies, traffic calming strategies and metrics for high-functioning public schools. See 3 Highlights From the Structural Change Impact Group or, Explore the full SCIG site now.

I am training to run the Boston marathon, so you may see me running around town in all sorts of weather. Please wave or say hi—I am happy to stop and chat! My runs help me explore every corner of our community and understand our sub-neighborhoods, varied needs and challenges at a personal level—literally every street in Belmont1.

We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.

— Dorothy Height, civil and women’s rights activist, 1912-2010

Notes

[1] While running around our community, I realized I was missing some parts of our town. I started tracking where I ran and what streets I had missed.

It was deeply rewarding to see our entire community in person, from the shortest terrace to the snakiest, hilliest road. In mid 2017 I completed running every street in Belmont as I finished the loop around Pinehurst Rd.

Hand-traced map of Belmont based on running every street

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead 2

[2] I think cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead expressed this idea best circa 1977, as it is inscribed on the stone in the Lone Tree meadow. Quote Investigator has more backstory.