We are sure everyone is aware of the financial problems facing the Town of Payson this year. This is due in large part to the drop in sales tax revenue. The town was faced with the decision of how to make up a $300,000 shortfall. The decision was made to cut various departmental budgets. One of the hardest hit departments is parks and recreation, which lost the parks and recreation director, its capital improvements program, and the majority of the part-time work force.
Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation (FPPR) is concerned about the loss of recreation programs as a result of the loss of the part-time recreation leaders. The approximate cost to fund the lost programs is $30,000, the FPPR would like to raise the funds necessary to continue offering these important programs, hence, we would like to begin a fund-raising campaign.
As a first step in organizing a fund-raising campaign, the Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation believe we should ask you, our friends and past supporters, if you would be willing to support and assist in a campaign to fund the programs? In the past, businesses have given as much as $1,000, while individuals generally give $100.
If you would like to make a contribution, you can send a check made payable to Friends of Payson Parks & Recreation Inc. at 1000 N. Beeline, PMB 143, or you can drop off a check at the parks and recreation office in Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. FPPR is a 501C3 organization, so your contribution is tax deductible.
Whether or not you feel you can give at this time, please help us by encouraging members of your church, service club, professional organizations and neighbors to help in this effort.
Remember, every dollar you give will help provide recreation programs for our community our families and our kids.
Jim Buettner, Su Connell, Earl Davis, Bill Ensign, Rory Huff, Alan Michels, Sharon Strople and John Wilson