Fast Fun Facts About City of Goodyear Finances


We have an election coming up on March 14, 2017 in Goodyear.

In 2013, Georgia Lord, Joe Pizzillo, and Wally Campbell were elected Goodyear mayor and council members.  All three are running again this year.

During the four years since you elected these three, they have increased the City of Goodyear’s budget over 30% just during their most recent terms.

Here is a link to the City of Goodyear’s 2016-17 Budget.  2016-17 GY Budget.

Here is a link to the City of Goodyear’s 2012-13 Budget. 2012-13 GY Budget.

Everything I include below is directly from Goodyear’s own budget documents.
Go ahead, use the links to check my math if you like, I expect you to.

  1. In FY2017 Goodyear’s budget is $254 million dollars.
    In FY2013 Goodyear’s budget was $192 million dollars.  That is a 32% increase in Goodyear’s budget in only 4 years, or over 8% per year.
  2. In 2017 Goodyear budgets 548 FTE (full time equivalent employees).
    In 2013 there were only 511. An increase of 37 employees.
  3. In 2013 the Mayor and Council expenditures budget was $251,000.
    In 2017 the Mayor and Council expenditures budget is $328,000.  That’s a 37% increase.
  4. Compare that to other city expenditures to be fair, you say?
    In 2013 the Fire Department budget was 102 FTE and $14.4 million dollars.
    In 2017, the Fire Department budget was 102 FTE and $16.5 million dollars. A 14% increase. Less than half of what your mayor and city council have budgeted for themselves.

I hope to interview the four candidates running against Georgia, Pizzillo, and Campbell in another post but here is a quick summary.

  1. Jim Cavanaugh wants to be mayor again. He says he will cut spending.
  2. There is a former ice skater named Sara Gilligan who apparently thinks the world of the incumbents (they’re “solid” she says on her website).
  3. Brannon Hampton is trying again for city council. I interviewed him the last time he ran and at least he has some business background.
  4. Jason Black is a principal at a local school.

Based upon the tax and spend track records noted above of the incumbents, I don’t know how any of those running to unseat them could be any worse.


7 Responses

  1. Jim Cavanaugh’s record as Mayor of Goodyear is different than his stated intent to decrease spending. Specifically, Cavanaugh was the leader of the effort to have the City of Goodyear fund the effort to build the spring training ball fields. Cavanaugh moved forward with this effort even though there was no guarantee the funds would aver be paid back by the Sports Authority. As we learned later the ball park funding will most likely never be paid back by the SA. The ball parks struggle to generate enough revenue to cover their debt services much less generate the necessary funds to pay the bond issue. Poor Leadership.

    Georgia Lord is a “do nothing” mayor whose main achievement was to over see the expansion of government. The major employer in Goodyear could very well our city government and adjacent agencies.

    • Cavanaugh also voted on the spring training facility issues when IN FACT HE WAS ON THE BOARD OF THE BANK, WITH JACK ROSE, the developer / lawyer /crook who was also involved in the development. There was miss spending of bonds and capital on the ballpark facilities, it was never “completed” and basically Rose/Cavanaugh/Goodyear ‘stole’ millions of dollars from the Woods family who donated the land it is on. DO NOT VOTE THIS MAN IN FOR ANYTHING. He also annexed down to Mobile, adding HUGE EXPENSES IN Fire and Policing, with NO benefit. But, hey, maybe another developer is willing to cohort with hom again. Do your due diligence before even thinking about voting this guy back in.

      Yep, I’m still here as well Mr. Cavanaugh.

  2. Good to see you back. We missed you.


    • YES… just looked up the site a few weeks ago thinking I changed a setting or something and no activity. Send me an email. Hope you are well.

  3. Go away Cavanaugh… you did more than enough damage. You probably need a health insurance benefit…

    Joe, you’re a LIAR, and anyone who doesn’t speak up when they know what’s going on is JUST AS GUILTY as the people doing wrong.

    GOODYEAR RESIDENTS, vote in CHANGE and make GOODYEAR GREAT, cause it’s political climate never has been.

  4. After doing a quick search of Gilligan, I think I almost prefer Pazillo.

    From her site, :”I studied and graduated from University of California at Irvine (UCI) with a degree in Social Ecology”



  5. So glad to see your blog. Thank you !!!

    Barbara Belonax

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