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Big spenders didn’t top vote in Payson council race

Retirees provided most of the donations, but Carpenter financed his own campaign

The council election in which challenger Fred Carpenter upended Vice Mayor Mike Vogel showed no clear relationship between spending and vote totals — and no sign at all of the real estate, developer and construction money that once played a key role in town politics.

Payson council approves roundabout

Financial terms convince councilors to contribute $400,000 in gas tax money for a $1.7-million Highway 87/Airport Road roundabout

The Payson Town Council Thursday swallowed hard, shook their collective heads, then approved spending $400,000 in gas tax money to pay the town’s share of a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 87 and Airport Road.

Councilor calls for change in appointments

Ed Blair wants entire council to interview candidates for committees after latest political flap

The latest flap about appointments to Payson town committees has prompted at least one council member to call for another overhaul of the whole system.

Former manager in council race

Three Payson councilors running for re-election despite a bleak budget

Turns out Payson council candidates in a recession are as hard to find as a developer who wants a building permit.

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