August 7, 2012
“It’s just one more example of our Legislature saying one thing and doing another,” said Payson Mayor Kenny Evans.
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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.
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.