Growth Not Bad When Properly Controlled



This is a rebuttal to two letters on development by Ralph Bossert (Sept. 20) and by Laura Groess (Sept. 23). Both letters have some malarkey in them. Citations (noted with an *) are from the book "Better, Not Bigger" by Community Planning Consultant Eben Fodor.

Concerning property taxes: "Population growth tends to increase the residential tax burden."*

Concerning home building disappearing from Payson: There will always be a need for custom-built homes here. "Can slowing growth actually improve your community? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes'. By controlling growth, communities can take charge of their future."*

A good example of this was when 1,900 Paysonites signed the referendum regarding water. This should send a red flag to the pro-growth business interests. "This growth machine is powered by the fortunes resulting from land speculation and real estate development."*

Concerning over-development of Payson: "Residents are concerned that growth will destroy the character of their town."*

Concerning Payson becoming a ghost town because of lowering of property values and loss of jobs: Payson is a desirable place to live. Property values have only been going up. The job situation is built around the retirement community. The retirement community is the main economic force in Payson, not the growth machine.

Growth is inevitable. That is true, but it must be controlled by the local government. Payson's growth had gone from approximately 8 percent to 2 percent because of steps taken by local government in the mid to late 1990s.

Isn't it time for local government to represent all of us again? It might be better to realize that we are all a part of Rim Country. We rise or fall together.

Bill Michaelis, Co-Chairman, Citizens Awareness Committee

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