A 31% Budget Increase. Did you get a raise?

Transparent Payson was born from a desire that fiscal responsibility be imposed on the Town of Payson.  Recently the Town has proposed a thirty-one percent  (31%) budget increase.  The current budget is $59 million.  The proposed budget is over $77 million.  A budget needs to be adjusted for inflation.  As of May 10th, the current rate of inflation is below 5%.

The Town increased rates for services earlier this year.  There is a Special Meeting of the Town Council on June 14th at 3:00 p.m.  The proposed ordinance to be discussed is for a rate increase on property taxes.  To the Town’s credit, this is a first reading and not an “emergency ordinance” as has been used in the past.

While not the direct purview of our group, this proposed increase confirms that fiscal responsibility needs to be maintained by the citizens of Payson.

To paraphrase Will Rogers,

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress Town Council meets.  Will Rogers

Oversight is the responsibility of the voter.



The supporting document(s) may be found below:


special counsel meeting




POSTED Fee Schedule FY2023


Still YOUR money. Still YOUR land. Still YOUR vote.