Town's Accounting And Accountability In Question


When a town this size discovers $4 million it didn't know it had, a prudent citizenry should not only be thankful for the windfall, but hopeful that the unexplained accounting technique responsible has been modified. A bookkeeping system that accumulates $4 million in secret is not the ideal way to test employee dedication.

This question might also be asked: When Payson residents voted against funding a new police station, fire station, and library two years ago, did they vote "no" because of the increased taxes proposed or because they felt the existing buildings were adequate?

If the vote described voter satisfaction with existing facilities, then the Town Council spent several million dollars in spite of their wishes. It never ceases to amaze how people frugal at home enjoy immensely the spending of other people's money.

Ed Taves

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