Millions of Americans have over-extended their credit buying. Now the town of Payson has followed suit. They are going in debt for $2.5 million.
They seem to forget an important fact: The money they spend is our money, the taxpayers'. Actually, the taxpayers are investors in the business called the "town of Payson." There is not a respectable business in the world that would spend millions of dollars of investors' money without first telling them what their expected return of investment will be. The town of Payson doesn't. They just spend.
Is there anyone on the town payroll who can come forward and tell the taxpayers (investors) what we are going to get for $2.5 million?
Don't tell us "more tourism." It will not happen. Ms. Greenspoon loudly proclaimed that the proposed "boomtown" will give the town a big boost in sales tax revenue. Not so. Our town fathers simply do not understand that most people who come up to Payson from the Valley do not want to come here. To them Payson is a big traffic bottleneck that cheats them out of valuable time. They want to get into the forest or to I-40 as quickly as they can.
The salvation of Payson is a southeast bypass road. That is where our tax dollars should be spent. Until that happens, Payson will be an outcast as far as tourism is concerned. It will not matter what they do to Main Street.
Now, look at low-income housing. Let's suppose that Main Street is completed as planned. We now have the pride of Payson.
Again, can anyone of the Town staff explain why they will be locating 40 low-income rental apartments less than a city block from Main Street? That settlement, taxpayers, could be a disaster for Main Street. In addition, the whole affordable housing deal may end up being the "fleecing of Payson residents."
What the town of Payson needs to do is to purchase a copy of the beautiful statue by Rodin that sets in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris. It is called "The Thinker." It might remind the town fathers that a lot of thought has to go into spending investors' money.
Wanting something costing millions of dollars without serious thought invites financial ruin.
Dave Engleman, Payson