Yet another release has been issued by the Real Progress Montclair slate:
All of us involved in the Real Progress Montclair (RPM) campaign are involved in this election because we believe Montclair is the town we want our children to grow up in, and we want them to be able to raise their children here too. Over 100 Montclair Moms came together to make a statement about our campaign.
They were compelled by fresh ideas, tough but positive proposals and the commitment to Montclair's future that our campaign represents. We hope that everyone will focus on what this town needs and what each candidate has to offer, rather than rhetoric intended to divide this community.
Since 2000, our property taxes & billings to cover municipal, school and sewer costs have increased 93%. During the same time our debt has grown 198%. In 2000, our debt was $84 million and today it is almost $250 million. Costs to fund this debt are almost 25% of our municipal budget. This is not sustainable.
We believe on May 8th voters will have a clear choice between RPM and two other incumbent centered slates that represent more of the same and more of the status quo. RPM will seek to retain the Montclair that we all know and love by instituting fiscal responsibility & accountability, working to improve our strong schools and leveraging the strengths of this wonderful and diverse town to put Montclair on a track for a sustainable future for all who live here.