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“It’s just one more example of our Legislature saying one thing and doing another,” said Payson Mayor Kenny Evans.

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Payson sells golf courses water

Town now needs water customers to help offset pipeline

Worried about paying the bill for the Blue Ridge pipeline without big water rate increases, the Payson council last week approved a deal worth as much as $100,000 to sell two private golf courses perhaps 50 acre-feet of water.

Pipeline drives hefty jump in Payson’s budget

Layoffs averted — cost of town’s operations remains little changed and slew of police department vacancies

The Payson Town Council on Tuesday adopted a budget that avoids threatened layoffs and boosts town spending significantly — mostly as a result of the start of construction of the $34 million Blue Ridge pipeline. Town spending will most likely increase to about $14 million, a hefty a 60 percent jump from this year’s projected year-end total of $8.7 million. However, a $4 million increase in spending on the pipeline accounts for the vast majority of the projected increase. That money comes from federal grants and loans and saved-up impact fees.

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