How Much Will It Cost, And Who's Paying For It?

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In your Feb. 6, 2001 editorial in the Roundup your opening sentence reads: "It's puzzling that some people in town are comfortable placing tourniquets on the veins of our local economy."

The statement indicates such a negative attitude that I really wonder if there is a misunderstanding of what people questioning possible government expenditures really want.

I think most people understand that, as a community, we have an interdependent relationship. If one part of the community suffers, that will probably place additional burdens on the remainder of the community. I believe that the problem of questioning new town developments should be looked at in the context of our economic situation.

According to a report to the Payson Town Council from the Housing Advisory Committee dated Jan. 27, 2000, the 1998 estimate of median household income in Payson was $25,347. That is not enough income to free people of concerns about future expenditures that will impact them. Median means that half of the people in Payson had less income than $25,347 in 1998 if that census estimate is correct.

I know a number of people who are very concerned about government expenditures, as conscientious citizens should be. Government provides us with many important and valuable benefits which are expensive to provide. People with average incomes are rightly concerned about proposals involving government expenditures. It is properly within the scope of their self interest to ask how much is this going to cost, who will pay for it, what is the financial impact on me and is the expenditure for a proper government function.

It isn't mean spirited or destructive for people to ask such questions. It is a healthy function of democracy and such questions could someday save us from a catastrophic event such as over committing our resources.

Considering the median income of Payson residents, I think the majority of those who have carefully considered the issues do not want improvident growth to price them out of water and the opportunity to continue living in Payson.

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