Vote yes on Payson tax


On Nov. 8, Payson res­i­dents will have an op­por­tu­nity to ap­prove a city­wide tax to fund cul­tural and recre­ational projects. Un­der the PARC pro­gram, one penny on ev­ery $10 spent would be specif­i­cally ear­marked for Payson re­cre­ation, arts and cul­ture pro­grams.

Payson City Coun­cil­man Brian Hulet sup­ports the project: “Projects the city bud­get doesn’t go far enough to cover.”

The money can­not be trans­ferred to the city’s gen­eral fund and must be spent in our com­mu­nity to sup­port to re­cre­ation, arts and parks. The fund­ing could in­clude sup­port for choral groups, bands, fes­ti­vals-cel­e­bra­tions, bik­ing/walk­ing trails and youth arts and the­ater pro­grams.

If ap­proved, a citizens com­mit­tee will be es­tab­lished to help de­cide how the money will be spent. There would be a grant process to ob­tain money from the city.

Sev­eral Utah cities have en­joyed voter ap­proval in­clud­ing Provo, Orem, Wash­ing­ton County and Cedar City, which achieved over 67 per­cent sup­port.

“I don’t see this as a tax. What we get back from this in­vest­ment in this com­mu­nity far out­weighs what the dol­lars and cents show at the bot­tom of the bal­ance sheet,” says Michelle Wood, a Payson res­i­dent who sup­ports the mea­sure.

If vot­ers ap­prove the PARC pro­gram Nov. 8, it would be im­ple­mented the first of next year and run for 10 years.

Steve Southwick Payson

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