John Naughton

John Naughton 7 months, 1 week ago on Why is PSWID still out of control number 2

Ms. Mason I'm not certain I understand your comment above would you clarify as to who and where?

"As per compliance to said document ..... a recent main line extension to the boundary of a developers property was not billed to the developer, the public paid for it."

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John Naughton 7 months, 1 week ago on Roundup / Google Partnership

Thank you for voicing your concerns about our recent partnership with Google Surveys. We have always made every effort to publish local news in a responsible manner, and have provided this news product free of charge to the online reader for many years. However, it is no longer feasible for us as a company to continue these services without charging a nominal fee for the service due to costs involved in its production.

We explored various methods of achieving this goal with minimum impact on the reader and determined that Google Surveys was a better option than installing a paywall (which each reader would have to pay for an annual subscription to read the news). The vast majority of local people do not want a paywall, and it is much more costly to implement and manage from our perspective. Not only would we need to charge accordingly, this method would also make it much more difficult for out of town visitors and prospective residents to access our site. Our local business community is dependent upon these visitors for their businesses to thrive.

Google Surveys is no more intrusive than performing a search on the main Google search engine (or any other search engine for that matter). The surveys have no access to your personal identifiable information, email, financial information, etc.) and answering one question a day gives you 24 hours uninterrupted access to our entire website.

If you have internet provider access in your home, your provider tracks every single action you perform online and stores the history of those actions in its database. Google Surveys, by comparison, is asking generic survey questions that do not require the provision of personal or financial data and is less intrusive. It may seem inconvenient for the couple of seconds it takes to answer the question, but we believe the value gained is far greater than the inconvenience.

You have the option of fine tuning the behavior of cookies from any site on the web through your browser preferences, including the option (in Firefox) of telling sites you do not want to be tracked, using private browsing mode, and the origin and manner in which your browser handles cookies.

While we understand your point of view, and hope you will continue to be an online reader of the news and information we provide, we hope you will understand that it is costly to maintain the staff and equipment needed to produce the news, information and platforms upon which they are made available.

Should you not wish to continue reading news online, our annual newspaper home delivery subscription is very reasonable and offers complete third-party anonymity.

Thank you again.

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John Naughton 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 362 Why is PSWID still out of control?

Ms. Schwalm, this is an open forum. Anyone can contribute. Also, one of your comments from yesterday states "The board’s aggressive budget has already caused a 30% increase in water rates and double the property taxes." You should clarify that this action did not double the property tax, just the portion that pertains to the water company.

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John Naughton 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Welcome home Don.

I understand that La Posada was gifted to NAU versus ASU. It is amazing the amount of money that is donated to universities and their alumni associations. ASU's Sun Angel Foundation, which supports the athletic department, is loaded. We reported some time ago that an ASU alumnus would gift a large ranch under the Rim should ASU be the university for the Payson project.

While I can't confirm (honestly, I don't know) that off-site businesses have an interest in coming to Payson in conjunction with this project, I certainly wouldn't doubt it. I can understand, for competitive reasons, etc., why businesses want to keep their plans low-key however, we will do our best to keep the public informed.

I truly believe, and it sounds like you do too, that the quality of life will be enhanced. It seems every time one of the "economic" style magazine put out their best places to retire surveys small towns across the country with a college presence are at the top of the list.

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John Naughton 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Don, I'll be brief. From day one it was reported that ancillary businesses would be incorporated on the site. A conference style hotel being one. Did you know that NAU has a hotel on it's property? ASU Tempe is planning a hotel complex on university property there. Wonder where they got that idea. This is one of the ways the plan was to move from expensive to inexpensive tuition would be accomplished. After all the delays, that remains to be seen.
It has been reported that water and police and fire protection will be provided by the Town of Payson for a fee. When you get back to town, I'd be interested in your thoughts on your statement "I am not so naive as to believe that this plan is not tied to outside the "island" development plans that are probably already drawn up and the Town is aware of." Two of the six SLE board members reside in Chaparral Pines.

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John Naughton 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Mrs. Randall, OK, change the word developer to construction guy. Other than that, mainly because it's been a long week and I have more important worries, I give up. You win.

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John Naughton 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Mrs. Randall, Ok, remember this: The board of an SLE works much like a town council. They will make the final decisions as they have the power to contract, they have the power to zone, etc. The SLE will, in concert with a university, will figure out what is needed for a 6000 student 4 year university to operate. As reported on numerous occasions, there are plans for a conference style hotel and business park. The SLE will collaborate with the developer of the property on what goes where. I'm uncertain on zoning but would assume it will be zoned multi-use/commercial and, as I said above, probably the county will do the inspections.

Now, just curious, why is it important to know who does the zoning and inspections? This is a multi-million dollar project, it's not someone sneaking an addition on their house. Certainly, you don't think all that construction will go without inspection.

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John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Mrs. Randall Barbara asked " If taxes collected on this site benefit only the site how will that help out the Town of Payson since the sales tax revenue is down so much?" I replied "Taxes collected on the site have never been intended to help Payson. Taxes collected from sales off site certainly will be a huge boom." Bottom line, the Separate Legal Entity developed by Star Valley and Payson allows the SLE to keep the taxes generated on that piece of ground only to benefit that piece of property only. If Papa John's Pizza opens a store on the site, the SLE gets it's portion of sales tax collected. If they open a store across the street out side the boundary of the SLE site, Payson would reap the sales tax.

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John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Mrs. Randall, Actually, I have no idea. My assumption would be that retail taxes will be collected at point of sale just like everywhere else. The retailer sends tax receipts to the state, they keep their portion and then send the town what is owed them. In the case of Payson that would be 2.12%. I don't know if the SLE will have the same rate as Payson or not. I would think the taxes collected will be kept in a bank? Surely, the county will send a little card for property taxes.

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John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Barbara, sorry it was not intended for you rather, Mrs. Randall just above your post.

I can't answer for how the town reacts to your questions.

Taxes collected on the site have never been intended to help Payson. Taxes collected from sales off site certainly will be a huge boom.

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