When Rim country residents go to the polls May 18, they'll have the opportunity to vote for the future of Payson's young people.
Due primarily to a lack of adequate funding by the state, the Payson Unified School District Board voted unanimously last night (Monday) to hold a special maintenance and operations override election in conjunction with the regular general election.
"In the face of rising operating costs and limited support from the state legislature, we have aggressively cut expenditures to prudently preserve our commitment to excellence in the classroom," school board President Viki Holmes said. "We are good stewards of our tax monies, and in the past we have been able to achieve success with limited funds.
"However our ability to maintain the same level of programs and services is no longer possible. Without the passage of an override, dramatic cuts will have to be made."
The board is asking voters to approve a 10-percent override, which would raise an estimated $1,242,032. A taxpayer whose home has a full cash value of $116,020 would pay an additional $63.03 in property taxes.
Watch for more details in Friday's Roundup and in future issues.