A big thanks is due to all who gave of their time to travel to Globe to attend the Gila County Board of Supervisors' meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in support of the libraries in Gila County and especially our Payson Library. Almost 40 people, including Mayor Stiffler, Vice Mayor Ken Murphy, Ray Schum, Hoby Heron, Payson library staff and many Library Friends, traveled in a caravan to Globe to express our opposition to the proposed reduction of the tax rate for the Library District.
Along with representatives from the other municipalities affected, we hoped to persuade the Gila County Board of Supervisors to find another way to balance the county budget.
Although we did not receive a final answer, the meeting did institute a dialog between the county, town and city leaders. They met Monday, the 9th, to try and negotiate a solution to this critical funding problem.
We will know if our efforts were successful when the Gila County Board of Supervisors meets on Aug. 16 to finalize the budget.
Thanks to all the people who stopped and signed our petitions. Terry Morris, Payson Library Director, was able to present over 2,000 signatures showing support for our mission. Thanks also to the children who sat through the three hours of testimony (and were amazingly quiet!) showing their support of the Payson Library.
A special thanks to Phil White Ford for loaning the Library Friends a van and for Archie Riehle for driving. Thanks also to Buck Rogers of Chapman Motors who offered one as well.
The support shown by our community means a great deal to all of us. It gives us the inspiration to continue our efforts on behalf of the Payson Library and the realization of a new library in Payson.
President, Library Friends of Payson