Q: I noticed that our new "volunteer police" are going up and down Main Street, and have even been seen parked at the side of the road using a radar gun. Are they qualified and certified for that?
A: The volunteers are assisting in residential patrols and enhancing traffic enforcement, Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said. "They've been through some training with the radar, and we're using them to conduct surveys and things like that," he said. "It would also be possible to subpoena them as a witness if they saw a violation."
Q: I've always wondered why we don't see more patrol cars in neighborhoods, but recently I've seen them two or three times a week. Are they hiring more people or what's going on? I think it's wonderful that they are coming around.
A: The police department hasn't hired any additional officers, but a new officer hired as a replacement for a retired officer recently completed his field training and is now on the job. "We appreciate it when people notice our efforts," Lt. Don Engler said. "We're trying."
Q: A recent editorial in the Roundup indicated that the town will gain an extra $70,000 a year in tax revenues when The Door Stop moves here. How so?
A: In an economic impact analysis of The Door Stop's move to Payson prepared by economist A. Mobin Qaheri, the Arizona Department of Commerce estimated that the town's annual share of tax revenues would be $75,700 a combination of $54,228 in employment-related taxes and $21,472 in facility-related taxes. When Payson Councilmember Bryan Siverson quoted that number at a recent town council meeting in expressing his position in favor of selling land to The Door Stop, several town officials agreed that the town could count on receiving a bare minimum of $70,000 per year in tax revenues. Glenn Smith, the town's chief fiscal officer, explained that employee-related tax revenues would include such things as payroll, sales and property taxes.
"A new employee turns around and buys things, including maybe a new house, or he moves up to a more expensive house," Smith said. Facility-related taxes would be primarily property taxes.
"That property is not currently on the tax rolls," he said. But the town could also generate revenue from activities such as trucks gassing up when they make deliveries to The Door Stop. "There are always those types of spinoffs," Smith said.
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