Sometimes Growth Can Be Detrimental

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Editor:

In regard to Dick Wolfe's letter of July 23, opposing Bill Michales letter of July 20, I believe that some economic stability is needed to give jobs to the young people that live here. Payson had the lumber mill and that served the community well. That industry has been replaced by several light industries. These also serve the community well.

That being said, further growth may be detrimental at a time when water is being mined and streets are in disrepair.

The old chamber of commerce rhetoric "If you don't grow you die" is not always true. Dick Wolfe seems to think that the more people we have, the better our cost of living will be. The more people we have, the sooner our streets will get fixed and the more money we will have for water.

The fact is, the more people we have, the more streets will need repair and the more water we will need.

Let's look around at other communities where unlimited growth has abounded.

Southern California is a good example. Has the cost of living improved over the years? Is it a better place to live now than it was 20 years ago? In our own back yard, Sedona was a beautiful little community 20 years ago. Have you been there lately? Has the cost of living improved there?

When I came to Arizona 40 years ago, the state and local sales taxes were 4 percent. With the growth the state and towns have had, and if growth pays the bills, the sales tax should have dropped to 2 percent instead of the increase to 8 percent we presently enjoy.

Chuck Hintze, Payson

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