Town Council Adopts Tentative $34 Mil Budget


The Payson Town Council adopted a $34 million tentative budget at its Thursday meeting.

The budget figure was reached after several months of departmental and council work sessions and will be formally adopted at a special meeting Aug. 1.

Caution was the key word in budget preparations this year. Revenues are only projections. Expenditures cannot exceed anticipated revenue and in some cases, although an expense is budgeted, unless the money is actually in town coffers, it will not be allowed.

No new positions were added, according to chief financial officer Glenn Smith.

The budget is scheduled to be printed in the July 19 edition of the Roundup, and appeared in the July 12 edition as well.

State law requires municipalities to have a tentative budget adopted by July 15. It sets the maximum the town can spend in 2002-2003.

The final adoption will follow a public hearing on the budget Aug. 1. Copies of the budget are at the town hall and library.

In other business at its July 11 meeting, the council:

Heard a presentation on the Focus Future II program offered by Arizona Public Service to refine the town's long-term economic development plan, and adopted a resolution to participate in the program. Initial public presentations will be held in the fall, with work on the program starting in early 2003.

Adopted a resolution opposing the closure of the Tonto Natural Bridge, with instructions to staff to forward the document to the Governor and both the State Legislators and Congressional delegation.

Adopted the new noise ordinance prohibiting noise to be loud enough to be heard 300 feet from its source between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday and from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., Friday, Saturday and holidays. Construction noise was not addressed in the ordinance.

Added a public comment section at the beginning of council meetings, in addition to the public comment allowed at the end of the meetings.

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