The Grinch has made himself at home down at Payson’s Town Hall these past two years.
So maybe it’s time to ask him, ever so politely, to move on this year.
At least, that’s one way to read the town council’s decision to come up with a little money for a Christmas party and awards ceremony for town workers this Christmas.
Councilor John Wilson said that before the recession collapsed town revenues, Payson popped for a roughly $4,000 Christmas party for 128 town workers each year — complete with awards for outstanding employees.
But two years ago, the recession hit, construction collapsed and sales tax collections fell by a quarter. Before the town council knew what was happening, the town had blown through its reserves and faced a looming deficit.
The last two years have been dominated by layoffs, hiring freezes, furloughs and the cancellation of most capital improvement projects.
The town also quit kicking in to the Christmas party.
Last year, the 100 town employees kicked in $3,300 and paid for their own party, said Wilson.
This year, Wilson suggested the council contribute $500 to $1,000 to reduce the cost of the party.
“We can kick in $1,000 and still have a decent party,” said Wilson.
The council agreed — unanimously.
Merry Christmas, everyone.