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We have the Payson / CCP / Varxity Contract

We appear to have the Town of Payson / CCP / Varxity contract.

You decide, is it in violation of the procurement policy ?  Is this a work around via a "Double Barrel Revenue Bond" or a "Combination Bond"* to fund the new Rec Center?  An effective General Obligation bond with no town vote?  Are you ready to give up your vote?

Want to ask some questions at the next public meeting? Take a look here.

* A Combination Bond is a municipal bond with the coupon and principal guaranteed both by the general revenue of the municipality issuing the bond and by the revenue of the project the bond finances. If the revenue from the project is less than expected and is not enough to make payments, the municipality will make them instead. This appears to be a “General Bond” work around.  There is no apparent requirement for a General Election vote for issuance of a “Revenue Bond” with a backstop of general revenue.  Your money; but not your vote. 


June 17, 2018, 07:51:03 AM by Jeffrey_Aal | Views: 5282 | Comments: 4

This is a post from Michael Mills on Facebook to our page.  I am pretty confident he won't mind me placing it here as well.   :)

From Michael:

"I'm originally from Wenatchee Wa. i grew up there and lived there for 47 years. i owned and managed three local businesses and one in Okanogan Wa before moving to Payson Az.

In 2005 a company called Global Entertainment approached the city leaders to do a public/private partnership to bring minor league Hockey to Wenatchee Wa, the event center was built in 2008. The city would have to build them a hockey venue to hold some 5000 fans at a cost of 52.8 million dollars. They sold the idea explaining it would revenue neutral to the citizens as the hockey as well as concerts ,home show, sponsorship and donations ect... ...
January 16, 2018, 04:35:29 PM by Jeffrey_Aal | Views: 1798 | Comments: 0

Why is this issue important? Why is voting important?  We can likely all answer this similarly.  We can each do so without reading The Federalist Papers, or a single book by Alexis de Tocqueville.  Having a say, an opinion, having our thoughts taken into account for how our community, our state, our country operates is an integral part of this country. 

Those in the position of leadership may not always like that we have thoughts or opinions that do not agree with theirs, however when they accepted to serve in their position they agreed to listen to what we the people have to say.  Voting also keeps our leadership honest, well as honest as possible.  Politics is dirty business.  I have no doubt that it is not easy at any level.  When those that you serve are questioning...
December 02, 2017, 08:39:21 AM by 260ChatAdmin | Views: 48287 | Comments: 231

Hockey in Payson?  Better than hockey!  600 Students paying $50,000.00 a year for private prep plus 100 new jobs and an activity center to boot?  Good golly, sounds almost too good to be true.  You know what they say…… So I did some digging.

Varxity Development provided $125k matched by Town funds.  That is for a study and a promise to waive Town fees for development?  Good thing our Mayor Swartwood found this Developer.  We should also be grateful that Mr. Ploszaj with Community Center Partners LLC convinced Varxity to have such a grand plan and bring it here to Payson. 

Mr. Ploszaj is no stranger to grand plans.  In 2015 Mr. Ploszaj announced other grand plans with apparent local Payson roots. 

“Following the recent announcement regarding...
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