November 4, 2016
I have noticed that there has been a trend toward conversations of change and creativity showing up in our newspaper lately. From long-time residents, such as one of our local ranchers/Gila County Supervisor Candidate (Woody Cline)*, to state, school and town officials, such as Chris Higgins, Payson City Councilor**, words like “get creative” and “change” seem to be appearing. I also notice this trend in some of our local editorial letters.
Many of us see the need for better education, more job opportunities, and daily survival possibilities for those living in the Payson and Gila County area. On September 6, 2016, we read the following information quoted from Malissa Buzan, Director of Gila County Community Services:
“We could go through all of our money for the year in three or four months,”
Our small businesses are looking for more traffic and better income opportunities. Funding cuts to our schools, including our special needs programs and after school programs has left many of those in service-oriented endeavors in need of finding new ways of funding.
We have an untapped source of positive, creative ideas within this lovely town,that has not been recognized.
“In the town the population was spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 15.3% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 36.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.””
According to Americas Promise, the adult-to-youth ratio of an area affects the high school graduation rate. Read More Here: http://www.americaspromise.org/press-release/new-study-finds-every-seven-more-adults-neighborhood-one-fewer-young-person-leaves
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