Surveys and Data

New Hampshire Municipal Officials Directory Survey

This annual survey is conducted in the spring following town meeting, and the resulting data is published each summer in the New Hampshire Municipal Officials Directory. NHMA Member municipalities receive one complimentary copy. The New Hampshire Municipal Officials Directory is also available for purchase; visit the NHMA Shop for more information. Municipalities are encouraged to send updates by email as they occur during the year.

Wage, Salary and Benefits Survey

The Wage, Salary and Benefits Survey has been temporarily suspended from publication until further notice. Member participation in this biennial survey has dwindled in recent years creating significant gaps in functional data.  NHMA staff is currently researching and exploring ways to simplify the survey data necessary for comparative evaluation. The Managers Listserv, however, periodically contains requests for information about the compensation for specific positions and provides a means to get the most up-to-date information.

SB 2 at 15: Trends in Official Ballot Voting and Deliberative Session Attendance

The Official Ballot Referendum form of town meeting, commonly known as SB 2 (RSA 40:13), marked its fifteenth year of existence in 2012. Approved by the legislature in 1995, adopted in 30 municipalities in 1996, and put into practice for the first time in 1997, SB 2 is now in place in more than 60 New Hampshire towns. In the spring of 2012 Researcher Chris Porter conducted a study of voter participation in 27 SB 2 town deliberative sessions and election/voting days.

Regionalization and Cooperative Agreements

NHMA surveyed municipalities in spring 2010 to gain an increased understanding of the variety of regional/cooperative arrangements in existence and under consideration. The three key areas of investigation were: shared positions/programs/functions; shared facilities/equipment; and cooperative purchase agreements. Preliminary survey findings were published in the July/August 2010 issue of New Hampshire Town and City magazine. Survey respondents were contacted in fall 2011 and asked to report on any new or changed agreements; a follow up report was published in the January 2012 issue of New Hampshire Town and City.