Gila Co. hands Kirkpatrick alphabetized list

Payson Roundup:

More than a month of debate over the politically neutral, alphabetical list of projects for which Gila County hopes to find federal stimulus dollars has reached an impasse.

Supervisor Shirley Dawson advocates for a new jail to take top priority. Supervisor Tommie Martin says too much prioritizing could dent the county’s appropriations chances. And Supervisor Mike Pastor doesn’t see a problem with alphabetizing, but he wants more detail on the existing lists.

Part of the problem, Pastor said, is the number of lists. “I have three different lists. I think that’s part of the confusion of it,” he said.

A work study session Tuesday, during which supervisors discussed how to best position the county for optimal financing in the ephemeral federal stimulus package, yielded little progress because each of the supervisors and the county manager advocated presenting the list differently.

“We ended up handing to (Rep.) Ann Kirkpatrick an alphabetical list of a lot of things without any priorities,” said Dawson. She continued to push for a new jail to top the list. Beyond that, Dawson has said prioritizing projects is good planning.

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