Forget The Bed Tax, Tax The Weeds



We have recently moved to Payson and just love it here. When we were looking for a home, we were looking up at the views and not down at the easements (our mistake).

Some of the homes have easements with rocks for the water run-off. Weeds grow through the rocks. Many of the homes and businesses have weeds taller than some children. Take a look around, even by the Roundup newspaper and the businesses by them like the beauty shop, candle shop, etc. All the banks in town have the fronts cleared and looking nice. The chamber of commerce looks bad, as do some churches.

So, now, this is our idea -- instead of a "bed tax" give the people a "warning" about their weeds. If in two weeks to a month nothing is done, fine them. If they don't clear it, have the city do it and add it onto their taxes. This is what a city in California did, where we moved from, and the city looks appealing to everyone. And that city made money clearing the yards of those who didn't do it themselves. This is also the way Florida does things to keep their cities nice.

There's an old saying, "You can't see the forest through the trees."

J & C Uburtis, Payson

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