As retirees many people are surprised to learn we support the Payson Unified School District's budget override.
However, this issue impacts everyone -- regardless of whether they have children or grandchildren in our school system.
Without a strong school system, it will become increasingly difficult to attract new businesses to the area, resulting in the loss of jobs and valuable tax revenue.
Furthermore, failure to pass the override could have a serious effect on the availability of quality medical care in our community, an issue that is of primary concern to everyone -- especially seniors.
Payson Regional Medical Center is a good neighbor, continually investing in the health of the community through new technology and services and the recruitment of quality physicians. Without the override, the hospital's ability to attract the best physicians will suffer. Keeping good doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other health care workers in Payson will also become difficult since many of them have young families to consider.In the grand scheme of things, the average tax increase of $63 a year is a small price to pay for a stronger community.
Whether you live in Payson, Kohl's Ranch, Christopher Creek, Star Valley, Mesa del Caballo, East Verde Park, Washington Park, Round Valley, Oxbow Estates, Rye, Gisela, Deer Creek Village, Tonto Village or any area that is served by the PUSD, please vote "yes" for the school override on May 18.
Mary Spencer, president; Carolyn Scott, treasurer; Dick Reintjes, officer at large; William Spencer, officer at large; Cory Houghton, director, Senior Circle