Council candidate wants to hear public's concerns
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May 23, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Council candidate wants to hear public's concerns

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert editor@stratfordgazette.com

Ed Montgomery, the newest council candidate in Stratford, has been spending time recently reading through the city's 2014 budget documents to better grasp where exactly taxpayers' dollars are being spent.

Montgomery is retired and describes himself as a lifelong learner. At any given time he's working on five or six online courses covering a wide range of subjects. So it was only appropriate that once he decided to seek office that he start studying the city's records.

Responding to questions via email last week, Montgomery, who filed his nomination papers at City Hall in early May, told the Gazette "it appears there are a multitude of areas where much more prudent use of funds could be made."

He said he was surprised by the amount of money in the operating budget that was allocated to the mayor's office ($84,254), for policing ($9.7 million), and IT ($787, 221).

"I'd like to see much more detail about those costs to determine if we are getting good value for our tax dollars. Hopefully, I will be able to glean more details as I continue to investigate, question," he added.

Montgomery believes there are a variety of problems affecting people, some related to health, education, and business, and he hopes to be given the opportunity to bring more attention to those concerns if elected.

He suggested local residents need better public public transportation that is linked together, better bike facilities, better environmental practices, and improved access to family doctors.

This being his first time running for any political office, Montgomery said it is his intention to spend the summer listening to citizens. He values everyone's opinions on the issues that are most important to them, he added.

Montgomery has set up an email address – stratforded@outlook.com – and he's encouraging people to contact him.

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