Recently a question was asked on the two local Propositions. It would be a good time to provide a very clear answer.
It takes a concerted effort on the part of the elected officials to become knowledgeable regarding the key issues and then to properly communicate salient information to the townspeople. Representative government does not mean that decisions are made by the few, in a back room and then “sold” to the public. That type of process is fraught with problems; creating suspicion and a general lack of trust.
One of the cornerstones of my campaign is accessibility. I stress open and accessible government with regular town hall meetings. Transparency, in my view, is that townspeople would have a good working knowledge of a particular project and its impacts, both positive and negative. That way we are all part of making informed decisions. I believe people should vote on such an ambitious, expensive plan as the Rumsey Park Master Plan which would include two ice rinks for a private sports academy. Having said that, I fully embrace a recreation center and growth.
An important part of maintaining the lifestyle of Payson and all that we enjoy, while allowing for necessary expansion, is to be sure that the town can support any new venture financially. Financial viability would address the ability of the current infrastructure to support the proposal. Next, it needs to be evaluated on the basis that it enhances the town in terms of improved services, opportunities and beautification. A town must grow to survive and prosper. Responsible growth means it would grow in a planned and thoughtful manner so it enhances the experience of the residents and visitors. That growth should not occur at the expense of the residents, or for the benefit of outside interests. If done correctly and collectively all of Payson will benefit and be proud of the accomplishments we achieve together.
I recognize that day to day operations, managing of the budget, and many other issues fall to the Town Manager and the Council. Citizens do not necessarily need to be involved in general affairs. My concern is when a large or expensive project is considered, I believe the citizens should be more directly involved in the process. I therefore support propositions 401 and 402.
People, not politicians or special interests, should have the final say.