CCM Shoots Back At Weller-Demming

Concerned Citizens of Montclair group takes offense at deputy mayor's remarks


On Thursday, Deputy Mayor Kathryn Weller-Demming, who is running for an at-large seat on the township council in Tuesday's local election, mentioned the Concerned Citizens of Montclair group as part of a titled "What Other Candidates Aren't Telling You."

Today, Concerned Citizens released a statement in response, saying it believes it is important "to set the record straight and separate fact from fiction. So we will address each of these assertions independently."

Here is the CCM statement:

Ms. Weller-Demming asserts: Last year the Concerned Citizens of Montclair demanded a 0% tax increase with no regard for the long-term financial health of Montclair and no concrete ideas for achieving their goal.

FACT: CCM recommended a 0% tax increase because it was deeply concerned about the long term financial health of Montclair. Large year over year increases and a large debt burden are not in the best interest of Montclair’s long-term financial health. We believe that the recent lower overall tax rate was due, in part, to the efforts of groups like CCM, OBAC and Capital Finance Committee

Ms. Weller-Demming asserts: They wanted us to foreclose on the Pre-K.

FACT: CCM did not suggest that anyone foreclose on the Pre-K. Rather to address the very large unpaid loan which was owed to the township by the Pre-K. This loan had been on the books for years.

Ms. Weller-Demming asserts: Demand higher payments for shared services which would have forced our partner communities to other providers.

FACT: CCM stated that townships with shared services should pay at least the same amount as Montclair residents for the same service. We believe that Montclair citizens should not be subsidizing services for other towns through higher taxes.

Ms. Weller-Demming asserts: CCM asked the Township to stop leveraging grant funding for our capital needs.

FACT: CCM has no idea what Ms. Weller-Demming is referring to.

Ms. Weller-Demming asserts: CCM requested to restrict investment in public trees.

FACT: CCM did not suggest restricting investment in public trees. CCM wanted to make sure that amounts that were bonded for shade trees was actually used for shade trees




Paine May 04, 2012 at 03:52 PM
After speaking with all the candidates in this year’s race, there are only two running that I think shouldn’t even be running. Kathryn Weller-Demming is one of them. Here are my choices for the two At-large seats: Carlson and Zorich LeeAnn Carlson is thoughtful, open minded and caring. She’ll help solve Montclair’s problems by identifying the best practices other towns use with success. Her only agenda appears to be making Montclair a better place. The rest of the Council will come to trust her analysis. Peter Zorich is the kind of homegrown leadership we want on the Council. He knows the schools as a parent and as a former student. He can relate to Montclair life up on the hill, down off Grove, and in a multi-family where many in town rarely get a voice. He understands that taxes are an affordable housing issue. Expect him to be a creative problem solver and be careful with our tax dollars. All my choices: Mayor: Turner At Large (two picks): Carlson and Zorich 1st Ward: Murnick 2nd Ward: Avdicevic 3rd Ward: Swenson 4th Ward: Baskerville (no choice) Pamphleteer76@gmail.com (Any comments?)
tryintosurvive May 04, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Agree with all except I think that Hurlock would be a much better choice for 1st Ward. Murnick is part of the group that could not get things done and voted to silence the financial review board.
john clue May 04, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Paine, I have enjoyed your posts through out this election and I mostly agree with you. At Large - Carlson has done a great job during all of this. the other? up in the air. Zorich is fine but Barr also seems that way to me. Zorich seems a bit to naive to me. Thoughts anyone? 1st Ward - I don't live there but I can't go for someone who already serves the TC 2nd Ward - I really do like Avdicevic . She seems smart and in touch 3rd Ward - Swenson or Jacobson, leaning towards Jacobson. So I guess I am up in the air for the 2nd choice for At Large and the 3rd Ward.
D-Zone May 04, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I like Jeff J too. But....I find it interesting he attended the South Orange/Maplewood H.S. Is this not shared service that eventually caused a conflict of interest? And, Jeff is a very head-strong attorney, who knows how to deadlock decisions.
Jeff Jacobson May 05, 2012 at 12:52 AM
'Tis true, DZ, I'm a proud second-generation graduate of that beacon of shared services, Columbia High School. But when I ran varsity track, I hit my career-best half-mile and mile times right here at our outstanding Woodman Field.


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