Mayor Guinta releases Order of Notice regarding spending cap;
reaffirms opposition to action that denies public vote
MANCHESTER (July 9, 2009) – Mayor Frank Guinta released to the public the Order of Notice that was filed by the Hillsborough (North) Superior Court regarding the spending cap. This Order was sent by the City Solicitor despite no vote being taken by the Board of Aldermen to authorize him to move forward, no prior public input, and a decision that was made behind closed doors. Following this, the Board of Aldermen voted, 7-5, to reject a request to withdraw a court case that could potentially throw the spending cap off the 2009 municipal ballot. The initial hearing on this issue will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at Hillsborough County (North) Superior Court.
“It is important that the public understand that painstaking actions that concerned citizens took in getting more than 4,000 signatures on petitions so that the spending cap could appear on the ballot,” Guinta said.“In addition, three top-ranking state officials – Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, Secretary of State William Gardner, and Department of Revenue Administration Commissioner G. Philip Blastos – deemed the referendum language legal. However, instead of fulfilling their promise to hold public hearings and information sessions on the spending cap, some aldermen have worked with special interests to get this thrown off the ballot.”
“I can assure the public that, despite this action by the Board of Aldermen, I still support the rights of voters to decide on this important issue – regardless of whether they support or oppose a spending cap,” Guinta said. “I also want to thank Aldermen Gatsas, Sullivan, Osborne, Pinard and Garrity, and former Aldermen Murphy, who have stood up for the voters throughout this process.”
Note: The Order of Notice is available on the City Web site at: http://www.manchesternh.gov/.