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Payson Mayor Kenny Evans (right) and Star Valley Mayor Bill Rappaport shake hands on a deal that could end discord between the neighbors and help secure Star Valley’s water future.

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Payson, SV water wars officially end

Bitter water wars end with a handshake and sale of three wells

The water wars that once roiled local politics and embittered neighbors ended with a firm handshake in an empty council chamber as the Payson Town Council approved a historic agreement to sell Star Valley three wells and provide a backup water supply. The Payson council quickly approved the intergovernmental agreement on Thursday that the Star Valley Town Council had already ratified the week before. Under the terms of the agreement, Star Valley will buy three unused wells from Payson for $82,000, which represented the “book value” of the three wells.

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