Time Out deserves council’s support
Your June 28 edition included a letter to the editor from the board of directors of the Payson Time Out Domestic Violence Shelter. The letter described the June 13 Payson Town Council vote to deny a $30,000 city budget item to provide funding assistance for the shelter.
I think most people would agree that personal safety, especially in one’s own home is a basic human need. Not much good will come from a home in which most of the occupants don’t feel safe.
The safety and other assistance provided by the shelter is an absolutely critical public service. In many cases, it is the only viable route of escape for victims of domestic abuse.
The letter says that 70 children were served last year. The long-term effect of violence on young people is well known. The shelter can begin the healing process to reduce the chances that the cycle of violence will be passed on to the next generation.
I am very disappointed in the council’s inaction, especially in a year when tax revenue is up significantly. The $30,000 request is a modest one by any measure, representing just over 2 percent of the shelter’s 2019 $1.4 million dollar budget. Clearly, the shelter has been and continues to be effective in generating financial support from a number of sources.
My opinions on this subject are based on experiences as a career police officer here in Arizona. I realize that budget decisions are some of the most difficult elected representatives must make. However, it is just not reasonable to conclude that this is not a good use of tax money. I respectfully request that the Payson Town Council meet with the board of directors as requested in their letter and formally reconsider their decision to deny funding support for the shelter.