Editor’s note: The following is from a letter sent by a group of town and city officials across New Hampshire to New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy and Stephen Shurtleff, Speaker of the New Hampshire House.

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