The Payson High School Stadium Improvement Project is off to a strong start thanks to the Credit for Kids tax program.
If the improvement project is finished in the near future, the school district will have a facility that would be the envy of small towns across Arizona.
Improvements include expanding the 1,700-capacity stadium by an additional 300 seats. Plans are also in the works to install a new public address system and more cost-effective lighting equipment to illuminate both track and field.
PHS Athletic Director Dave Bradley said an adequately lit track could provide evening track and field events throughout summer months. Several Valley club teams, eager to escape the searing desert heat, already show interest.
The school district and the Town of Payson are also discussing ways to construct a maintenance-free field in Longhorn stadium, featuring FieldTurf all-weather surface that has proven its popularity and success on the two Rumsey Park fields.
But for the project to be completed, more Credit for Kids tax donations are needed.
Like PHS, Pine School needs more Credit for Kids tax contributions to finish an all-purpose playing field project. Last year, when Credit for Kids earned $47,760 in Pine, some of that money was used to begin construction on an athletic field, which is perfect for football, soccer, softball and baseball games at the school.
School officials are hopeful that contributions will continue and that the project will be completed this spring.
How does it work?
The Credit for Kids program was passed into law in 1997 by the Arizona State Legislature. It allows a household to deduct, as a tax credit, fees paid to schools for extracurricular activities.
Because the donations are a dollar-for-dollar credit, there is no cost to the taxpayer.
Individual taxpayers may contribute up to $200; joint taxpayers can designate up to $250 for the program and designate which school or project they would like to support.
Also, the full amount does not have to be donated -- school officials have long said any amount is welcome.
Contributions can be made to any school for any project in Arizona. For more information about the program, call (928) 474-2070.