John Naughton

John Naughton 1 day, 14 hours ago on Sale gets go-ahead

Richard Stanley, ASU senior vice-president and university planner is and has been the spokesman for ASU. Here is a link to one of many stories. http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/200...

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John Naughton 2 days, 8 hours ago on Sale gets go-ahead

Ms. Heller,

The following link to a letter co-signed by Arizona Board of Regents Chairman, Anne Mariucci and ASU President, Michael Crow, published all the way back on June 14, 2011, will confirm that ASU was and is certainly aware of this project.

Mr. White,

Interesting comment. Would you send me the name of the contractor that has seen plans for the proposed dorms. I would certainly like to speak to that contractor.

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John Naughton 1 week, 1 day ago on Rodeo, parade draws a happy crowd

Mrs. Randall, the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee bought the rodeo in 2009 from the Chamber. They own it, they profit from it.

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John Naughton 1 week, 1 day ago on Rodeo, parade draws a happy crowd

Mrs. Randall The rodeo is put on 100% by the the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee. The C of C has nothing to do with it and hasn't since 2009.

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John Naughton 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Changing of the guard

Mrs. Randall, I told you above that Banner OWNS the hospital, buildings, ground, everything. Mogollon Health Alliance is no longer in the hospital leasing business, period! In fact, Mogollon Health Alliance no longer exists. Here is a direct quote from Banner in this past Tuesday's paper. "Banner Payson Medical Center (BPMC), formerly Payson Regional Medical Center, came under the ownership and operation by parent company Banner Health Aug. 1."

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John Naughton 4 weeks ago on Changing of the guard

Mrs. Randall, Perhaps bad wording in this particular article however, rest assured that Banner Health owns the hospital buildings, grounds, etc.

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John Naughton 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Dog Park

Ms. Daniels and Randall

If there is a problem at the dog park you should contact Cameron Davis at the Payson Parks and Rec. office. PetSmart donated money to build the gazebo as a gesture when they opened their store here. They have nothing to do with how the dog park is run.

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John Naughton 3 months ago on Non profit MHA using funds to develop a for profit University?

Here you go Don, just for fun I’ll try one more time. First let me state that the names chosen at the time were poor… ok, terrible.

To purchase the Forest Service land and start development of a university, the Town of Payson and the Town of Star Valley formed a Separate Legal Entity and called it Rim Country Educational Alliance. Payson and Star Valley formed this Separate Legal Entity to protect the citizens of each town from any unforeseen financial problems. In essence, a Separate Legal Entity is in itself a taxing authority and all taxes and other income collected on that particular parcel of land would belong to RCEA to use to support that particular parcel of land for roads, water, sewer, fire, police, etc.

The Rim Country Educational Foundation was formed by private volunteers to raise the money needed to start this project. In fact, Rim Country Educational Foundation was formed prior to the Separate Legal Entity. Because the Separate Legal Entity does not yet have anything to tax and no other source of funds, the foundation has provided all funds that have been spent to date by the SLE.

The Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) and the Rim Country Educational Foundation are not legally connected. The Rim Country Educational Alliance is a free standing, government approved, Separate Legal Entity. The Rim Country Educational Foundation is a non-profit fundraiser and owned by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

It all depends on how you view government but, fundamentally, public education is not a for profit endeavor. I would suggest that the funds being raised by the Rim Country Educational Foundation is for the development of the university, period. Any private enterprise like a conference hotel, research park or a Starbucks would be on their own to build their facility. When that happens, tax revenues from those private facilities would, in-turn, pay to support the needs of the university and, hopefully, one day allow for smaller tuition fees to students.

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