Growth Vs. No Growth Is No Longer A Campaign Issue


The campaign issues in the current race for mayor and town council are being much better defined as a result of various items recently appearing in the Payson Roundup. This newspaper is rendering an important public service in clarifying the issues, for which we are all grateful.

Two recent items illustrate the continuing development and definement of the campaign issues. In a recent guest commentary, Stan Brown stated that the issue was growth vs. no growth and that Payson needs leaders with vision.

Many other people probably had the same idea until the "Election 2000" article appeared in the Jan. 21 issue of the Roundup. Nine of the 10 candidates for mayor and town council responded to questions (about such things) as their position on growth and what they expected Payson to look like after four years of their leadership. Their answers were published in the Roundup.

Growth vs. no growth is no longer an issue. The answers indicated that eight of the nine responding favored some form of controlled growth. In view of uncertainties about the cost of (developing) additional water (supplies), that result is not surprising. Most people now probably realize that in the absence of a situation that threatens the health, safety or welfare of the people of Payson, growth will continue. Of course, a serious water shortage could be such a threatening event that would stop growth.

There will, of course, be differences in the pace of growth that different candidates will support. The answers to the Roundup article questions revealed that all the candidates had visions of the future Payson. Admittedly, the visions were different. Some placed more emphasis on bringing new business into Payson, while others placed more emphasis on improving infrastructure, giving that a priority rather than the financing of new growth.

Jim Winter, Payson

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