Letters to Concord

Draft a True Compromise Budget

This letter was published in the Union Leader on July 30th, 2019

Edited, bolded signatures below indicate RCYR Board Members Nick Gray, Cody Belanger, and Dan Gray

Dear Senate President Soucy and Speaker Shurtleff,

We the undersigned, a group of individual local municipal officials, write to you today to urge you to work with Governor Sununu in crafting a true compromise budget, with buy-in from both Democrats and Republicans. Like all Granite Staters, we have been following events in Concord with respect to the state budget. We believe Governor Sununu made the right decision in vetoing the proposed state budget.

We all agree — it is important for our cities and towns that the state passes a budget. But we also agree that Governor Sununu’s veto contained very important points.

Governor Sununu has made clear that he supports many of the proposals in the legislature’s budget to assist cities and towns with additional aid — many of which were also in his budget. But we believe that he is right to oppose a budget that leaves taxpayers on the hook for a nearly $100 million structural deficit. The last time the state carried such a deficit, it resulted in significant cuts at the state level and municipalities were left to pick up the tab. We cannot go back to those days.

Further, in opposing destructive tax increases, Governor Sununu has ensured that our economy will continue to grow and boost property values and provide for healthier revenue returns in our communities.

We encourage you to work with Governor Sununu to quickly find a compromise budget that will prioritize the needs of New Hampshire’s cities and towns but will not endanger our healthy economy or our state’s long-term finances.

Signed,

Tony Guinta, Mayor, City of Franklin

Scott Pope, City Council, City of Claremont

Joe Kelly Levasseur, Alderman, City of Manchester

Brian K. Chirichiello, Town Council, Town of Derry

Carl Thibodeau, Town Council, Town of Conway

Robert Hamilton, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, Town of Rindge

Bill Hutwelker, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, Town of Swanzey

Bruce Breton, Board of Selectmen, Town of Windham

Cody Belanger, Board of Selectmen, Town of Epping

Gene Chandler, Board of Selectmen, Town of Barlett

Gerard LeDuc, Board of Selectmen, Town of Pittsfield

Henry Viens, Board of Selectmen, Town of Center Harbor

John Tholl, Board of Selectmen, Town of Whitefield

Kathy Hoelzel, Board of Selectmen, Town of Raymond

Karen Testerman, City Council, City of Franklin

Bill Duschatko, Chairman, Town Council, Town of Bedford

Jim Morgan, Town Council, Town of Derry

Bill Boyd, Town Council, Town of Merrimack

Aboul Kahn, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, Town of Seabrook

Jason Grosky, Board of Selectmen, Town of Atkinson

Jim Adams, Board of Selectmen, Town of Pittsfield

Jim Allard, Board of Selectmen, Town of Pittsfield

Joe Guthrie, Board of Selectmen, Town of Hampstead

Joel Deslets, Board of Selectmen, Town of Windham

Omer Ahem, Board of Selectmen, Town of Wentworth

Reed Panasiti, Board of Selectmen, Town of Amherst

Kevin St. James, Board of Selectmen, Town of Kingston

Leon Rideout, Board of Selectmen, Town of Lancaster

Lou Gargiulo, Board of Selectmen, Town of Hampton Falls

Gary Daniels, Board of Selectmen, Town of Milford

Sean Murphy, Board of Selectmen, Town of Hampstead

Sylvester Karasinski, Board of Selectmen, Town of Swanzey

Beth Varney, Budget Committee, Town of Alton

Dan Gray, Budget Committee, Town of Exeter

Nick Gray, Budget Committee, Town of Exeter

Peter Torosian, Budget Committee, Town of Atkinson

Peter Edgerly, Budget Comittee, Town of Salem