Real Progress Montclair Slate Talks About Debt, Taxes, And Future

Slate says voters have a clear choice to make on May 8


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.

mandy April 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Shouldn't they have said over 100 "powerful" Moms?
Tell it Straight April 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
''High profile and powerful moms'' But...... keep it ''hush hush'' don't let the less powerful or ordinary folk know about it until it comes out in the Montclair Times
BlaBlaBla April 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I would more fully comment but it will be censored on this site. I am deeply offended by the obvious abuses here.
Shelley Emling (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Explain the abuses and I will go back and review...
Shelley Emling (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Fyi... Selma Avdicevic, who is not running on a slate, will do a meet and greet Sat., April 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sports Domain..
D-Zone April 20, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Shelley, as you have noticed the local election is out of the ordinary, with controversial posting. You have inquired upon Robert Jackson to address his response. In turn, Karen Turner should be inquired upon to address the same issue. Thanks.
Shelley Emling (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Will do so... thanks much... and will be at all campaign events with all the candidates the next three days.. will try to write more about each candidate's specific ideas and plans once in office.
Paine April 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Independents like Selma Avdicevic are starting to look pretty good.
Shelley Emling (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Am going to meet with Selma tomorrow... will write something up afterwards..
Shelley Emling (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Kathryn Weller-Demming also not running on a slate..
Elizabeth April 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Does it really matter if the moms are powerful or high profile? I'm much more concerned about the issues that are facing Montclair. I would imagine that most moms, regardless of "profile or power" would also be concerned with the enormous debt load that we're facing as a community. I think that the RPM slate plans to strengthen our schools and get our budget under control. Not that it matters, but I consider myself to be quite "ordinary".
Stuart Weissman April 21, 2012 at 01:15 AM
"Kathryn Weller-Demming also not running on a slate.." Because none would have her.
Shelley Emling (Editor) April 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
This town deserves better than these comments... truly... I have 3 kids here.. it's not right..
Bronwyn April 21, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Stuart, that comment is something you should say to your wife in the confines of your living room.
Cary Africk April 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM
"between RPM and two other incumbent centered slates that represent more of the same and more of the status quo." No one on the For Montclair slate (Harvey Susswein, Tim Barr, Bill Hurlock, Jeff Jaconbsen and Walter Springer) is an incumbent nor have they ever been. Their position, at www.formontclair.com, hardly constitutes "status quo."
john clue April 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I am disappointed in both slates for the above remarks. This hurts all of us. I will seriously considered how I vote on what was said here and on Baristanet.
Kevin April 21, 2012 at 03:35 PM
They are backed by Don Zief and Ed Remsen though.
Cary Africk April 21, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Kevin What does that mean?
A. Gideon April 21, 2012 at 06:28 PM
"What does that mean?" That's a good question. Does it imply that the candidates receiving this support agree with the actions of the past councilors? Or where there are differences, do the ex-councilors agree with the positions of the current candidates? ...Andrew
Marnie Brand April 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Let me start by saying, I am proud to have put my name in the Montclair MOMs ad. I have lived in Montclair for more than 40 years and I love this town. I respect all the candidates; anyone willing to throw their hat in the public service ring deserves respect. I think it is safe to say most of the candidates are not running for the money, the glory, fame or as a big stepping stone to seek higher office. I am confident that are all doing it for the right reasons: to help Montclair. What I find so distasteful of late is the cowardice of residents who jump on Internet sites like Baristanet, and The Patch and hide behind screen names and bash each other and the candidates. Do we really have nothing better or productive to do? It’s very upsetting to read reckless insults about lifelong volunteers, outrageous and unfounded accusations and general nastiness, while the posters hide behind anonymous screen names. How about hitting the reset button? Instead of insults and commentary that will divide the community think about why you support the candidates you support and share it with others. If you are unsure whom to support, attend one of the many candidate forums and ask questions
Marnie Brand April 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Cont...... Here, I’ll start. I support RPM because our Town has piled up huge debt, property taxes are out of control, and we need to try to address our bloated budget to make sure the money is spent effectively so that the programs that make Montclair such a wonderful community will survive. The RPM team are best suited to manage our budget immediately and manage the challenges we face. They are completely up to speed with municipal budget solutions that are being used in towns and cities all over the country. Lets practice civility after all we are neighbors!!!
Belletones April 22, 2012 at 01:35 AM
And Jay Church and David Grill. all the same names from the Remsen LEadership era.
Cary Africk April 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Marnie, Bravo to you for calling out the anonymous posters! There's a couple of handfuls who talk themselves into a frenzy of indignation, repeatedly. They accomplish, in the greater community, nothing. Cary Africk
Kevin April 22, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Cary, While none of the For Montclair slate are incumbents, they are strongly backed by previous council/mayoral members. While I don't personally have anything against Mr. Remsen or Mr. Zief, taxes increased at a pretty hefty clip during their administrations.
A. Gideon April 23, 2012 at 02:19 PM
"While I don't personally have anything against Mr. Remsen or Mr. Zief, taxes increased at a pretty hefty clip during their administrations." This was also the council that moved certain spending and revenue-collection off budget, such as sewage, which let the councilors claim a tax increase lower than the actual increase in what we were paying to the town. Another side effect was to make that portion of our payments to the town no longer tax deductible. ...Andrew


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