A Citizen's Concerns

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Editor:

These are some of the concerns of one citizen/voter/taxpayer:

1. The oath of office taken by town officials is to protect and defend the citizens of Payson -- their property, their money and their lives. They must be reminded daily that they are the servants, not the masters, of the citizens they represent.

2. All the civic business of the town (with the exception of personnel matters) must be discussed in public, debated in public and voted in public.

3. The press must be immediately notified of all meetings concerning the public's business in a lawful, timely manner, with no excuses.

4. All town spending, over a fixed amount, must go to public vote. Citizen input on this matter needs to be heard prior to any legislation.

5. The salaries of all elected and appointed/voted on officials, including department heads, need to be re-visited, with input from the citizens of Payson. It is a necessity for the opinions of citizens to be heard.

6. Sooner, rather than later, the matter of water and the corporate strategic plan regarding seeking sources of water on private land must be addressed. This is an issue of Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. What has been made legal is not always lawful, having not yet passed constitutional muster.

Our founding fathers knew what they were doing and why they were doing it -- visionaries! As wise old Ben put it: "A Republic, if you can keep it."

Shirley A. Colin, Payson

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