The Gila County Board of Supervisors views their responsibilities seriously and are always required to follow the Arizona Revised Statutes when addressing any issue. Primarily, the supervisors must consider what is best for the most citizens.
I would like to take this opportunity to give you information that was not made available to the media during the past month.
• Towns and cities in Gila County receive greater benefits (tax dollars) than the amount of taxes they pay into county government.
• The town of Payson and the city of Globe (the two largest population areas) receive the most. Payson, being the larger of the two receives the largest sum.
Each government has responsibilities to fulfill. It has always been my perception that by working together cooperatively services can be provided at a lesser cost to the taxpayer. Costs of providing services continue to increase each year. However, the revenue streams continue to shrink, making it necessary for all entities to work more closely and share whatever elements of the service spectrum we can. The ultimate benefit will be better services at a reduced cost.
As your county supervisor, I will continue to explore with those governments that are willing to find that common ground, thus bringing services that are more efficient at a decreased cost to the people of Payson and Globe. I appreciate your support and encouragement through our recent budget session.
Ron Christensen, Chairman of the Gila County Board of Supervisors