Battered by 20 years of drought, flows have been consistently dropping in the river that 40 million people depend upon. The water level in Lake Mead is the lowest it has been since Hoover Dam was built, at 36% capacity. According to TV program “60 Minutes” this past Sunday the Colorado provides water for seven southwestern states and as the population keeps growing, farmers are having to cut back on their production because not enough water is available to raise crops.
Payson is planning a splash pad and in a new park a water feature when they can’t even maintain the present parks properly and refuses to consider a swimming pool which would benefit most of the population compared to a splash pad which will only be used by maybe 10% and wouldn’t require as much water. In recent years, private enterprise offered a miniature golf course which folded and prior to that, a batting cage which is sitting empty at the Airport roundabout. The Arizona Game and Fish Department had offered free fishing in the past, but now Payson is charging a $500 fee for the use of the park so they had to cancel that fun filled day of teaching kids to enjoy the out-of-doors. It’s time to think about a new government in this town.