It’s with great interest I’ve been watching the effects of the economic downturn on our governments around the state: (1) State of Arizona $1 billion-plus deficit; (2) Sales taxes down in Payson, out of cash, and further cutbacks probable; (3) Town of Miami bankrupt; (4) Phoenix hits $200 million deficit; (5) Santa Cruz County on four-day work week; etc.
One government appears to stand alone. Your Payson Roundup article of Oct. 14, “(Gila) County finances shine light in otherwise dark times” describes their success. I commend our current supervisors and county managers for carefully managing the county finances to ensure that there are sufficient reserves to weather this economic storm.
What I find most remarkable is that the reserves have been built on controlling spending while consistently decreasing the county’s tax rate.
Supervisor Tommie Martin has been awarded the friend of the taxpayer award from the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers for her excellent job of controlling Gila County’s property taxes.
Don’t be fooled by the sound bites you may hear from the supervisor “wannabes” that the budget increases show mismanagement by the current board; it’s quite the opposite!
By controlling expenditures, the current board of supervisors has increased the budgeted reserves sufficient to weather this economic downturn.
I encourage everyone to vote to re-elect Tommie Martin to the board of supervisors in District 1. She is an excellent steward of our public money and a true friend of the taxpayers.
Nancy L. Jones