June 10, 2011
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Towns spurn Gila supervisors’ late effort to join ASU campus bandwagon
Put a fork in him. Payson Mayor Kenny Evans is done. He was grilled by county supervisors in a work session last week and then turned over and grilled again at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday, June 7. Evans initially went to the county May 31 to invite it to partner with the towns of Payson and Star Valley in forming a Separate Legal Entity (SLE) that would help bring a four-year university to northern Gila County. He did not ask for money. He did not ask for special favors from the county. Evans even said if money were offered it would be refused. The point of the SLE, he explained, was to shield taxpayers from any financial liability in the plan to build a $500 million, 6,000-student, college campus and support facilities. But with the Gila County Board of Supervisors’ less than enthusiastic support for the project, Evans later declared the county was out of the deal.