AZ Republic Interviews; Campbell, New Taxes OK, Freeman, Reduce Spending

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The following candidate interviews were in the AZ Republic today;

Freeman Campbell Interviews 1 20110001

From their comments and history, it appears that there is a clear choice in direction for voters between these two candidates.

Freeman, who currently works in the private sector and has a bachelors degree in HR, comes right out and says she would not have increased the Goodyear sales tax in order to fund more Goodyear spending, instead, she says government spending should be cut when revenues decline.

Campbell, who is a retired government employee (legislative staff member), has a community college associates degree from a school in California which claims it is “the number one Community College in California for the number of Associate Degrees awarded”,  hedges in her reply.

Campbell says that because of the “major funding crisis” in the city, increasing taxes is OK. In fact, Campbell thinks it is OK to add a public safety sales tax (see details below). She thinks that the recent sales tax increase was used to prevent “reduce(ing) public services” and she would not take the “easy” solution of just cutting spending.  Just like many of the other current and former government employees and political insiders who participate in Goodyear city government and run for office in Goodyear (Pizzillo, Stipp, Lauritano, Gelzer) Campbell is misinformed and misinforming the public about where money has been “cut” vs where spending has increased in Goodyear.

Page 9 of the 2010 Goodyear Consolidated Annual Financial Report (CAFR) shows that from 2009-10 spending on “public services” as Campbell describes it has been cut in Goodyear while General Government spending was up over $1 million or over 7%. 2010 CAFR

As I have reported previously, Goodyear city council has NOT cut spending since city revenues started dropping after 2008. The table below is directly from the 2011 Goodyear Budget document which demonstrates this point [1];

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 Est
General Fund Revenues $82.5 $64.1 $60.7 $56.7
Total General Fund Operating Departments Expenditures $69.6 $72.1 $71.7 $70.8
Authorized Positions 560 568 592 514[2]
More on Campbell. Campbell has some experience on Goodyear citizens’ committees. She served on a Public Safety Advisory Committee in 2006. The committee Campbell served on supported the addition of a public safety sales tax, and among others, also made the following recommendations;
  1. Add to police facilities,
  2. Increase patrol officer available (free) time to 30%,
  3. Buy the police a new radio system,
  4. Develop a strategy that eventually will result in an ordinance to require sprinklers in all new residential construction,
  5. “Additional funding is imperative if Goodyear wants to live up to its mission statement”.

This race is a clear choice.  Do you want another former government employee who thinks it is ok to raise taxes in order to give the government everything it wants or do you want someone who actually has worked in the private sector who says government must learn to live within its means?

[1] Goodyear 2011 Budget pgs 20, 32, 42

[2] Reduction occurred as a result of Citizens Budget Committee recommendation.


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