Home-Based Business, Budget On Council Agenda


Two items the town council has seen before revised regulations for home-based businesses and the tentative budget for fiscal year 2001-02 headline a limited town council agenda Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

The new home-based business regulations written and fine-tuned by Town Manager Rich Underkofler over the course of several drafts were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission after extensive debate and modification. While the town council originally took up the subject to "facilitate economic development" of Internet businesses, the new regulations are, in some cases, more restrictive than the ones they are replacing.

Highlights include a requirement that all home-based businesses secure and maintain a Payson business license and a transaction privilege tax license; that approval be based on a finding that the home-based business "will not generate impacts different from use of the property as a residential dwelling unit"; and a restriction on nonresident employees unless authorized by a conditional-use permit.

Dollars and cents

Adoption of the tentative budget should be a formality since the Year 2001 Corporate Strategic Plan was approved at the council's June 28 meeting. That document, which features the council's priority initiatives, provides the guidelines upon which the actual budget is based.

The proposed budget now totals $32,125,248, a $250,000 increase over the 2000-01 budget. The numbers originally proposed by Underkofler said made the budget $700,000 less than the previous year.

"We found we hadn't appropriated all of our Central Arizona Project fund money, so we added that in," said Town Manager Rich Underkofler.

The state requires cities and towns to adopt their tentative budgets on, or prior to, Monday, July 16. Once adopted, the final budget can be reduced but not increased.

"They'll approve this one," said Chief Fiscal Officer Glenn Smith. The tentative budget will then be printed in the Roundup on July 13 and July 20, with a public hearing and final approval scheduled for Aug. 2.

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