LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK
New Hampshire Advantage Coalition calls for promise to be kept
Manchester – This week the City of Manchester Aldermen agreed to again postpone their promise to put the 2008 Spending Cap ballot question from appearing, as scheduled, on the 2009 ballot. “The message could not be clearer – Manchester Aldermen want to avoid their obligation to the 6,000 petitioners and multitude of volunteers who wanted lower taxes through this spending cap. This is exactly why we need to change the way business is conducted at City Hall,” said Former New Hampshire Advantage Coalition (NHAC) State Chairman and Ward Eight resident Mike Biundo. He continues “If taxpayers cannot rely on their local Alderman to keep their word...there is a breakdown in trust and reaffirms taxpayers’ concerns about spending and decision making with these Aldermen.”
In September 2008 the issue was challenged in both the courts for legality, and in the debated in the Aldermanic chambers; the process has been exhausted. Early September ’08 the decision was made by the Manchester Aldermen to put the spending cap on the 2009 ballot, making the city residents wait for a whole year before having the right to vote. Most of this delay was rationalized as time needed to get input and offer education to the city resident prior to voting. As of this week, they have reported no activity on either of these fronts and just now organizing another effort to go back to court.
Roger Wilkins, President of NHAC, reacted “After all the work ordinary citizens put into this question before Manchester taxpayers, it is disheartening to taxpayers that yet again there is doublespeak and flip flopping coming from the Aldermen on this issue.” Wilkins continues, “It is pretty simple; you get the petitions signed by 4,000 voters, Aldermen promise and approve to have residents vote this November, your natural next step is to expect Aldermen to keep their word. You can’t cut it any other way --- it seems that some of these Aldermen are trying to pull a fast one on the voters of Manchester. NHAC will be there fighting for taxpayers every step of the way. Let the people speak, then do your doublespeak and flip flopping Aldermen.”