The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation is getting $19,000 from Gila County's Property Tax Stabilization Fund.
County manager John Nelson explained how public money can fund the private, nonprofit corporation.
"Economic development is one of the functions of county government authorized by statutes," Nelson said. "The county supervisors have felt the best way to do that was to have a private, nonprofit organization handle it rather than creating another government department. It is actually a standard practice among counties."
The bulk of the funds will help make up a shortfall of about $11,000 in the PREDC 2003-04 budget, according to Scott Flake, executive director of the organization. The balance will purchase computer equipment and software and help market industrial property owned by the town at the Payson Airport, Nelson said.
In other business related to northern Gila County:
- The supervisors recommended the state approve a liquor license application for the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry; and
- The name of the following roads were approved: Cabin Estates and Mountain View Terrace in Mead Ranch; Filaree Drive in Rim Trail; and Desert Rose Drive and Pecan Lane in Tonto Basin. Several of the roads did not have names prior to the supervisors' actions: Cabin Estates, Desert Rose Drive and Pecan Lane. The other two were changes. Mountain View Terrace was previously Mountain Park Road, which was determined to be too similar to another road name in the area, according to the Larry Dorame in the rural addressing office. Filaree Drive had been called Sweet Gale. It was changed at the request of Rim Trail residents, according to a Diana Schaefer in the rural addressing office.