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Thurs, April 18
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Tiny's Restaurant
600 E. Highway 260
Payson, AZ 85541

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Local Issues

Issues concerning Gila County Arizona, the town of Payson, the cities of Globe & Miami, etc.

List of Taxes

Welcome Payson Roundup readers! Below is a list of taxes that most Americans must pay at one time or another in their life. If you know of any taxes that are missing from the list, please email: While you are here, please have a look around the site for more information on “America’s Third Largest and Fastest Growing Political Party.”
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There isn’t much of anything left in America that isn’t already taxed, and taxed up the wazoo at that. Here is a partial list of what is currently taxed in America, Arizona, Gila County and the Town of Payson:

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Splash pad neither wise nor frugal

The following Letter to the Editor by Larry Hoffenberg, Secretary/Treasurer of the Gila County Libertarian Party, was published by the Payson Roundup on August 20, 2021.

Splash pad neither wise nor frugal

Are Libertarians the only ones disappointed and distressed by the Town of Payson’s decision to proceed with building the splash pad for a whopping $687,000?

I mean, what does it splash, champagne?

The fact that a last-minute federal taxpayer subsidy of $207,000 rides in to rescue the project like manna from heaven doesn’t make this any less of a bloated boondoggle.

At this rate, how much will the much-ballyhooed new swimming pool cost we the taxpayers? How much will the new Granite Dells Park end up costing the taxpayers of the town?

Founding Father and American President Thomas Jefferson strongly advocated for a “wise and frugal government.” Libertarians say the Payson splash pad is neither wise nor frugal.

Larry Hoffenberg,
Libertarian Party Precinct Committeeman,
Northwest Payson District

YES! Independence will be Declared in Green Valley Park

For the fourteenth year this Fourth of July our nation’s Declaration of Independence will be read publicly in the comfort of the grassy shade in Green Valley Park at 8:30 AM.

This year’s reading event will not be sponsored by Payson’s Patriotic Event Committee. But is being planned by the same Payson volunteers and AV crew who have executed it in the past.

Thoughtful self-governance is a capstone of a free society. So we celebrate our independence while considering health concerns of others. The Mayor’s proclamation regarding masks will apply and hand sanitizer will be available. Picnic blanket distances should insure good spacing.

Attendees can voluntarily sign their attendance for future proof that we did a great job of not jeopardizing health. But this is not mandatory – since we indeed do live in a free country.

Remembering the memorial where Col William Sahno usually recalled our debts to those who paid the dearest price for our freedoms. reminding us that we should not relinquish any of them thoughtlessly. We will this year begin “over the hill” in the shade At 8:30 am.

Three speakers will remind us of:
1. The historical context of our nation’s pregnancy – if you will,
2. It’s birthing document, The Declaration of Independence
3. What happened to the fathers of this new nation – the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Audience microphones will be provide for questions and comments.

NOTE A nearby table will have information from many nation-wide organizations if attendees ask what they can do to help preserve American’s independence in this time of nation-wide troubles.

See you on Independence Day!

Kudos to the Payson Homeless Initiative

The following Letter to the Editor by Larry Hoffenberg, secretary/treasurer of the Gila County Libertarian Party, was published by the Payson Roundup on December 27,2019.


Kudos to the Payson Homeless Initiative

Founding Father and principle architect of the U.S. Constitution James Madison stated unequivocally: “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”

Libertarians strongly agree with Madison and we believe that people in need are best served by grassroots private volunteer organizations, rather than by government-run, taxpayer-at-large funded operations, which tend to be heavy on bureaucracy and regulation rather than on actually delivering results and aid to those in need.

In the spirit of James Madison, the Gila County Libertarian Party has made a financial contribution to the Payson Homeless Initiative, and we encourage other political groups in the area as well as non-political civic and charitable groups to get behind the Payson Homeless Initiative and make donations or provide volunteers to help this truly grassroots private sector effort.

Americans are the most generous and charitable people on the planet, and we would do even more if we retained more of the fruits of our labor. Less taxes = more money in private hands = more contributions to productive, private voluntary charitable programs. With less of a tax burden, caring members of society will be even more charitable, and society will be strengthened.

LBJ’s War on Poverty has been an epic failure. 55 years later, homelessness is rampant, especially in California. Tens of thousands of people gather in homeless camps with diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis posing great risk to the public at large. There is a better way, and private voluntary organizations such as the Payson Homeless Initiative are a prime example.

The Gila County Libertarian Party extends a well-deserved thank you to all the individuals and organizations that are already volunteering and contributing to the Payson Homeless Initiative. Keep up the great work!

Larry Hoffenberg
Gila County Libertarian Party

Arizona Primary Results Show Extreme Injustice Toward Libertarian Party

On September 11, 2018, the Arizona Secretary of State released the official tally of votes from the August 28 primaries. This is the first knowledge anyone has had of the write-ins in the primaries. Four parties held primaries: Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, and Green. Neither of the last two parties had any candidates’ names printed on their primary ballots for any federal or state office. Instead, these parties attempted to nominate via write-ins in the primaries. Read More.

Lawsuit filed to force special election to fill Sen. McCain’s seat

The Payson Roundup published the following article on December 4, 2018. Read the full article here.

Claiming Gov. Doug Ducey acted illegally, the former chairman of the Arizona Libertarian Party has sued to give voters a say in who replaces John McCain — and soon.

Michael Kielsky acknowledges that the U.S. Constitution allows the governor to name an immediate replacement on the death or resignation of any sitting senator. But Kielsky, in a lawsuit filed here, contends that the governor is required to schedule a special election as soon as practicable to fill the post. And that, he said, means within six months. Read More.

Update From Jeffrey Aal and Transparent Payson

Here’s an update from Jeffrey Aal, Libertarian candidate for Payson Town Council and author of Propositions 401 and 402. The Gila County Libertarian Party endorses a “YES” vote on Propositions 400, 401 and 402.

Remember, the deadline for mail-in ballots in Tuesday, August 28th. Please send in your ballots early to be sure they are received in time.


Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Can’t say that enough.  The opposition has gotten, well, challenging.

As a group we have conducted ourselves well.  That reflects on each of us.

So, thank you!  When you have the stronger position, there is no need to become nasty.

That does not mean we are not above some “creative” marketing efforts.


We’ve made four important updates to the Transparent Payson Website.


Upcoming Events

Please tune in to KMOG radio next week as we take our message to the air waves.

And please join us for a night of fun, food and karaoke next Friday evening, August 24.

As always, thank you for all the support. 


Payson Residents: Are you ready for the August 28th elections?

The Gila County Libertarian Party urges Payson residents to become informed about the issues and candidates on the upcoming August 28th ballot. Up for vote are mayor, three town council seats, and three ballot initiatives/propositions.

Staring the last week of July, each household in Payson with one or more registered voters will receive by snail mail an official “Publicity Pamphlet.” This contains the full text of each Proposition and any arguments submitted for or against. We urge you to review this pamphlet prior to voting.

This is an all-mail election and deadline to register to vote is 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 30.  For more information on how to register to vote or to request an absentee ballot, contact the Gila County Recorder’s Office at 800-291-4452 or 928-474-7139.

Our bylaws prevent the Libertarian Party from endorsing specific candidates in non-partisan races, but generally speaking we favor candidates who espouse libertarian positions such as lower taxes, lower government spending and greater accountability.

We urge you to become informed about the two mayoral candidates and the seven town council candidates, and to cast your votes accordingly.  The Payson Roundup has prepared the following profiles for each of the candidates.

Mayor: Craig Swartwood and Tom Morrissey.

Town Council:

Jeffrey Aal Kim Chittick Shirley Dye Jim Ferris
Dave Golembewski Chris Higgins Hallie Overman-Jackman

Ballot Issues:

The Gila County Libertarian Party endorses a “YES” vote on all three initiatives:

  • Proposition 400 (Home Rule)
  • Proposition 401 (Voter approval of certain long-term leases)
  • Proposition 402 (Voter approval of certain bond issuances)

For more information on the ballot issues, please visit


Arizona Bill Would Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Dec. 20, 2017) – A bill pre-filed in the Arizona House would decriminalize marijuana possession. Passage into law during the 2018 legislative session would take another step toward further nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state. Read more.