Council To Consider Bed Tax Hike On Thursday

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The Payson Town Council will consider a proposal to increase the bed tax rate Thursday, a move that could provide as much as $63,000 in the coming year toward operation of the new rodeo grounds or for other uses.

If the council approves the request submitted by Town Manager Rich Underkofler, the current bed tax of $1 per night levied on each room, or approximately 2 percent, would be raised to 3 percent, generating $144,000 annually.

The current rate of $1 brings in about $80,000 annually.

In other business, the council will hold a public hearing on a request by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for a liquor license application.

The council also will consider awarding a maintenance contract for dirt road blading and soil stabilizing to D.D. Haught Inc. for $38,000. Council members will also consider authorizing the mayor to contract with Haught for additional blading at 18 cents per linear foot and additional soil stabilizer at 22 cents per linear foot.

A motion in favor of the request would include directing staff to use any excess funds in the account for dirt roads toward a more permanent solution to the dirt road issue.

The council may also go into executive session to seek legal advice regarding water issues generally and negotiations concerning Blue Ridge Reservoir water rights.

The Town Council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall Council Chambers at 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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