'Raising Taxes Is Not An Option'

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The recent restaurant tax fiasco is a perfect illustration of what happens when the elected become complacent and insensitive to the pulse of the electorate.

For that tax proposal to even become an item on the agenda shows that our Town Council is losing, or has already lost touch with, the real world the Payson populace.

Those council members who supported that ill-conceived proposal do not deserve to be a part of town government, including Jim Spencer, who initiated the measure.

It's past the time we took a positive and pragmatic approach regarding the accumulation and expenditure of revenue revenue that is virtually guaranteed income (from taxes and fees).

In my 50 years of being both an employee and employer in small and large businesses, I have yet to see any sizable business that couldn't eliminate at least 5 percent (fat) of its total cost of doing business and barely notice it, except for the griping about the loss of perks, etc.

Along that line, most municipal and governmental agencies could eliminate the "feel good" or "Wouldn't it be nice if ..." projects for up to another 5 percent. (gristle).

Classic proposals such as "low-cost housing" and "Main Street" development in Payson come to mind.

Believe me, if the latter were fiscally sound projects, private enterprise would jump on them in a heartbeat.Running this town is a business, and if the Council membership doesn't know how to run a business, they should resign.

Raising taxes is not an option.The Payson Town Council owes its constituents, the taxpayers, a basic, tightly budgeted and bare-bones fiscal operation. I challenge its members to do their homework and make it happen.

J. B. Shevlin, Payson

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