Hi Ho Silver, Again…


Editor’s note. “Clayton Moore” aka “The Lone Ranger” is a concerned private citizen of Goodyear who, due to concerns about backlash, I have allowed to write posts anonymously. howardsgoodyearblog knows the identity of Clayton Moore and will protect their anonymity. We will also allow others to write anonymously under the same guidelines.

Here is Clayton’s latest article.

By Clayton Moore

The time has come for Goodyear citizens to step up to elect a slate of candidates that will represent them and not the special interests that fund the current administration. Mr. James Cavanaugh has offered a responsible alternative to the present irresponsibility. HIs alternatives are what he so accurately elucidates in his platform.

Taxes are out of control. With no explanation as to where that money is going. As Mr. Cavanaugh points out:

“…taxes have increased from $1.60 to $1.86 per hundred dollars of assessed real property value. Its sales tax increased from 2% to 2.5%.

Goodyear has a higher real property tax rate than most Valley cities and for every city in the East Valley. Community Facility Districts (CFD’s), directed by the City Government, exacerbate the problem for Goodyear residents. In many communities, greatly.
Tax savvy businesses and private citizens tend to adopt locations with lower rates.
When compared to the vast majority of cities within the State of Arizona, the amount of personal income that Goodyear government demands from its citizens is alarming.”
The median price for a home in Goodyear is $253,000.00 which results in a $657.8 increase in property tax. The median family household income in Goodyear is $ 75,654.00. If 60% of that is spent on taxable sales it results in a sales tax increase of $226.96. The annual increase in taxes for the average family in Goodyear is $884.76. What could you do with an extra $880.00 every year?

Utility cost have sky-rocketed beyond anything imaginable. Water and sewer utilities are designed to be Enterprise Funds. That means you pay what it cost to provide. The current administration has made is a slush fund that they use to glean revenue from your unsuspecting pockets. Mr Brodbeck eloquently explains in his recent blog:

(https://howardsgoodyearblog.com/2017/02/17/where-did-70-million-go/)

$70,000,000.00 was taken from Goodyear citizens and received nothing in return. While they would like you to believe that the utilities are indeed an enterprise fund, they have created a slush fund with which to garner huge amounts of money from you and not call it a tax. They then put that “extra” money in the general fund and use it buy votes and support from civil servants who’s loyalty you expect as citizens but finds its way to those providing gifts.

CFD’s are grossly absurd. It is a tax placed on home buyers to fund infrastructure in communities where the City and the developers decided they wanted to abdicate their responsibility to prove and pass the cost on to you. While that in itself is reprehensible but not the most wicked aspect. The developer passes his costs on to the home buyer with a profit. The City is already responsible for infrastructure and taxes you for it. So what is the purpose of the CFD? No one can realistically explain it. But what’s even more reprehensible is the financing of the CFD. Essentially, it is a $5000.00 loan given to the home buyer by the City (who has no authority to provide loans, they are not a bank) payable at 7.5% over a period of twenty years with a payment against the principle only once each year. What financial genius thought of that? Actually, for the City, it is brilliant. They are collecting huge amounts of interest on a very small amount. But remember, you are the one paying the interest. That twenty year amortization is going to cost you more than $10,000.00 before you are paid. And you are paying for something that you already paid for with taxes and the house purchase.

Follow the money trail. Who gets to benefit by expanding taxes for infrastructure and the like. Look who funded the incumbents in the past elections. Public service unions and property developers. The Robson organization donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Mayor. Guess who she favors when making City decisions. What does Robson get for all the donations? Anything they want!

The City’s management team has said they have to double your utility rates over the next five years to fund needed infrastructure. What did they do with the $70M they already took that wasn’t necessary for utilities? They have already doubled utility rates over the past five years. Now they want to double it again? Where does it stop? When we are paying $400.00 each month for water?

Let’s assume for a moment that the need for infrastructure improvements is real. Do we have to double rates? This is the decision of people that claim to be responsible and talented stewards of your money and City. Really? We could hire a bunch of high school students at minimum wage to say “We need more money, just raise taxes”. We need people making those decisions that can be creative, inspired and imaginative. Not people more worried about their next photo opportunity or newspaper interview.

Where is this money going? Is it building infrastructure? Encouraging business to move to Goodyear?

Apparently, it is going to enrich the lives of the people who serve us. Police and Fire Unions that supported the current administration have hit the lottery. Everyone in town hall gets a raise. That is not to say they are not deserving. But they are no more deserving than the people footing the bill. The Council and Mayor voted themselves a raise. All on the backs of the people still suffering through the slowly recovering recession and stagnant economy. Are these the people you want making financial decisions about your money? Or would you prefer someone that is a proven leader and fiscally responsible with the City coffers? Jim Cavanaugh is a successful businessman and retired military officer. The incumbents have never had a real job in their lives and have never had to make hard responsible decisions about their own financial well-being. That’s why they cannot make dependable decisions with your City or money.

Do any of you have a commute from Goodyear into Phoenix or the surrounding area? It is now a one and a half hour commute. The traffic is overwhelming. What is the response of all the incumbents in this year’s election. Could it be the same vision they’ve had for the past six to eight years. Their vision is get re-elected. They have no vision of care for the traffic or the taxes or anything else having to do with you. Mr. Cavanaugh has a vision to reduce your taxes, be fair with enterprise funds and to start a movement to do something about the commute.

What the City needs is change. Look at the incumbents and their accomplishments, or lack thereof. Then look at the accomplishments of Mr. Cavanaugh.

This is an excerpt from Mr. Cavanaugh’s website presenting only his military tributes; some of which are not easy to get. There are more:

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal w/5 devices
Air Force Commendation Medal w/1 device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/2 devices
Combat Readiness Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/1 device
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Where can I find Ms. Lords military or any other accomplishments or tributes?

Mr. Cavanaugh delivers his vision for Goodyear and the future quite clearly. Visit his website at:

http://www.jimcavanaughformayor.com/

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