Street Project Meets Definition Of A Government Subsidy


Dick Wolfe and Sharesse Von Strauss:
Regarding your guest commentary in (the Nov. 9 issue of the) Payson Roundup, I don't want to get in a letter-writing contest with you, as I am sure we all have better things to do. However, I am stung by your accusation that "the information presented by Mr. Adams is not based on fact."

I have re-read both our letters, several times, and I find a total of six facts in the two letters. Three facts in your letter, two facts in mine and one that we jointly make.

These are: In your letter:

1. The Green Valley Redevelopment Area has held a series of meetings and came to a number of conclusions, and made recommendations to the Town Council, some of which will be implemented.

2. I did not attend any of these meetings.

3. Kaibab has invested $700,000 of its own money in the Sawmill Crossing Project.

In my letter:

1. The Town Council is in the process of approving the purchase of approximately three acres of land from Kaibab for $190,000.

2. Kaibab is well behind schedule with the Sawmill Crossing project, and has so far convinced a majority of the Town Council that it can't complete the project without financial help from the town.

We jointly agree:

1. That a number of us in Payson would like to have a movie theater.

Everything else in both letters is opinions, assumptions, beliefs, impressions, etc. Not facts.

Another fact, that has not been touched on by anybody, so far, is that although the Green Valley Redevelopment Area may recommend that certain things be done about parking, and open space, that does not necessarily mean that the taxpayers of Payson have to foot the bill.

Finally, you say that what you are proposing "is called the free enterprise system." It is not what I call the free enterprise system.

My idea of the free enterprise system is when an entrepreneur puts up his own money, or money he has borrowed, and with no governmental assistance, proceeds to develop his business. This is the way most businesses in Payson have been started and prospered and/or failed.

Many of these businesses, through the years, have met whatever the requirements of the town were, as far as furnishing parking, drainage, etc., with no financial help from the town.

At least I assume, to name the last three big ones, that Wal-Mart, Chapman and Safeway met all the town's requirements, and did so with no financial help from the town.

That is why I still call a $190,000 payment to Kaibab a subsidy. Taxpayers' money is being used to underwrite a commercial project.

In fact, in my dictionary, a definition of a subsidy is "a government grant to a private enterprise considered of benefit to the public." Now isn't that what we are talking about?

What I am asking the public to do is to evaluate all this and decide if this is the way they want $190,000 of their money spent.

Dan Adams, Payson

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