Budget, Graffiti Ordinance Top Payson Council Agendas

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Two Payson Town Council meetings this week bring the new panel up to date on pending projects, giving town staff the opportunity to gauge the direction of the recently elected leaders.

Tuesday evening at 5 p.m., the council holds the first of two scheduled work study sessions to discuss the numbers before it adopts a tentative budget, planned for July 13.

"I'm required by statutes to present a balanced budget to council," said Town Manager Fred Carpenter.

A May 30 memo to the new council, penned by Carpenter, outlined the town's projected $39-million budget, including $489,000 for salary-rate adjustments and merit-based increases, $1 million for general street improvements and $530,000 for street and airport grant-matching.

The final budget will be adopted Aug. 4 and the taxes levied Aug. 11.

At the regular town council meeting Thursday, June 8, the council will consider whether or not to adopt a graffiti ordinance to address the deterrence and removal of vandalism.

Mogollon Ridge, at 2009 N. McLane Road, the subdivision that's frequented town council agendas since November 2005, receives its second rezoning reading Thursday evening.

A supermajority, or three-fourths, vote against the project could send it back to the planning stages.

Three preliminary plat approvals -- the Bonita Pines Condominiums, Manzanita Hills Phase Six and Mazatzal Mountain Air Park Unit 4 -- are also on the agenda.

Both town council meetings are held at the town council chambers, 303 N. Beeline Highway. The Tuesday meeting begins at 5 p.m. The Thursday meeting begins at 6 p.m.

For detailed budget information, visit the Town of Payson's Web site: www.ci.payson.az.us.

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