Passing the Payson Schools’ override is not only important to the future of our children’s education, it is vital to the financial stability of our town. We have already seen the budget cuts our town is making to balance the town budget. Imagine the impact the loss of 30-plus families to our community will have.
Without the override, the school district will face a $1.2 million deficit (and that amount could increase with recent legislative actions).
The school board will have no choice but to layoff as many as 30 teachers in order to balance the budget.
If we look at the long term effects these layoffs will have, let’s think about it in real dollars and services to all citizens in the Payson area. It will mean 30 less families shopping in Payson stores or eating in Payson restaurants.
It will also mean 30 less families who will need medical and dental care.
The domino effect will begin and could include having more homes put on the market as teachers move to find work. These homes could cause a drop in housing prices as the market becomes flooded.
In addition, there could be more layoffs in other industries as fewer employees are needed to service customers. It will mean fewer sales tax revenues for the town, meaning more furloughs and deeper cuts in town services including fire, police and medical services.
In short, it will mean everyone, most of all our children, will suffer.
It is vital that the Payson Unified School District override pass. When you receive your mail-in ballot on Feb. 11, remember you are not only voting to keep our schools strong, you are voting to support our whole community.
Vote YES and do not forget to mail in your vote for the PUSD override!