Some questions I had about how the town of Payson got in such a financial mess were answered when I read Mayor Evans’ statement in Friday’s Roundup concerning saving money by offering “buyouts and independent contracts to half a dozen top town employees.”
The good mayor’s line of thinking goes against what I thought was good fiscal sense. For example, until
last year the so-called “water guru” was being paid an annual salary. After this purported money-saving process went into effect, he is now paid full retirement plus an annual salary of around $80,000 AND he received $65,000 for accepting this deal. My numbers may be off by a few bucks.
I am still trying to understand how the mayor thinks this saves money. I realize where part of our problem may lie, especially if we have six similar town employees on the payroll.
On another note, some may wonder why Payson seems to be slow in attracting new businesses. Could it be in part charging $100,000 for a burger place to hook up to the water system?
Along that line, $15,000 in “impact fees” seems a pretty stiff penalty to pay the town to build a house here.