County's Health Care Bill Up For Official Action

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When the Payson Town Council meets Thursday, one of the first orders of business will be discussing a resolution and possibly taking action to deny a June 22 claim for $278,000 from Gila County requesting payment for county health services.


The resolution states that the citizens of the town already pay taxes to the county in the same manner as citizens of unincorporated areas "for and on behalf of the delivery of health services" and claims that the request for payment is without merit.


It also notes that no special contribution is being asked of citizens in the unincorporated areas.


In a related matter, the council will discuss and possibly take action approving an agreement with High Ground Inc., a lobbying group, for representation before the State Legislature on matters concerning local health care, with the intention of developing strategies to define public health care responsibility in the state.


The council will also consider a request from Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett to contract with ASL Consulting Engineers for a drainage master plan for the town, for a fee of $167,000.


In his request to the council, Garrett wrote that the current drainage ordinance is "somewhat vague" and has not been updated since 1981.


Garrett said that the recent rain storms have emphasized the need to update the drainage policies, that there are recent improvements in technology that are being used to calculate storm water runoff and detention.


Funding for a complete Drainage Master Plan is included in the FY 1999-2000 budget.


In other business, the town council will:


• discuss and possibly take action on the creation of an Adopt-A-Street Program, which would be established to rid the town of litter and unsightly waste.


• have a first reading and public hearing on an ordinance to levy a property tax rate of $0.003355 and a secondary property tax to raise $124,500 for the general obligation bond debt service of Green Valley Park for FY1999-2000.


The council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Town Hall Council Chambers.

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