Government Dream Jobs, Goodyear City Council

How would you like to have a job where you earn nearly $50,000 in salary and benefits every 18 months, you also get paid travel (but only if you want to go) to expensive, do nothing conferences and the ONLY hard and fast requirement of this dream job is that you attend two to three meetings per month of a few hours duration each and that you not miss more than 3 pre-scheduled, local (Goodyear) meetings in a row.* The meetings are scheduled weeks and months in advance, and you can even telephone into the meetings if your other similar dream job holders say it is ok for you to do that.

And here’s the best part. YOU decide how much to charge every other person in your town so that YOU can have enough revenue to continue the dream job’s terms!

Oh, and one more thing, you get most of the summer off.

Would you like that?

Well Mr. and Mrs. Goodyear taxpayer, that is EXACTLY what you are doing for Goodyear city council members Bill Stipp, Joanne Osborne, and Sheri Lauritano. All of whom, by the way, are running for re-election this March of 2015.

howardsgoodyearblog has determined through a Freedom of Information records request that in the 18 month period from June 2013 to October 2014, (time period selected at random) YOUR Goodyear City Council members Bill Stipp, Joanne Osborne, and Sheri Lauritano received combined salary, benefits, and travel expenditures of nearly $140,000.

And that is only THREE out of SEVEN council members I am talking about.

In 2009, Goodyear City Council spent just over $177,000 on itself.
In 2014, Stipp, Osborne, and Lauritano passed a budget that awarded Goodyear city council expenditures of over $300,000 per year.

Let me repeat that.    2009, spent about $177,000
2014, passed a $300,000 plus budget for themselves.

That is a nearly 70% increase in 5 years. And they did it DURING A RECESSION. And at the same time, Goodyear taxpayers saw their property taxes and utilities increased by this same city council by double digits and then some.

As usual, and as unbelievable as my claims may seem to readers, I have included below pdf files of the supporting raw data.

So next time you see one of these friendly “public servants”, ask Stipp, Osborne, or Lauritano how they like their dream job on your dime. Then ask them if they are so public minded, would they agree, if re-elected, to eliminate all their city benefits except their $9,200 annual salary.

Here is a summary by council member of what each of those mentioned was compensated during the 18 month time period of this analysis.

Joanne Osborne
Salary: $12,511.67
Benefits including personal and family healthcare, dental plan, and basic life insurance: $29,948.32
Travel Expenditures: $4,642.72
Total Expenditures: $47,102.71

Bill Stipp
Salary: $12,384.75
Benefits including personal and family healthcare, dental plan, and basic life insurance: $29,876.56
Travel Expenditures: $3,225.87
Total Expenditures: $45,487.18

Sheri Lauritano
Salary: $12,384.75
Benefits including personal and family healthcare, dental plan, and basic life insurance: $29,852.76
Travel Expenditures: $3,950.36
Total Expenditures: $46,187.87

* The only city charter requirements for council members is Section 14 of the city of Goodyear charter included below in its entirety. Section 14. Absence to Terminate Membership.
If any Council member shall be absent from more than three consecutive regular meetings, or a total of four regular meetings in any calendar year, without the consent of the Council duly recorded in the journal, he shall thereupon cease to hold office.

Lauritano Compensation
Stipp Compensation
Osborne Compensation


Three Spots, About Five Thousand Votes

**Editor’s note.  This article originally stated four positions available.  That is because four ran four years ago but the mayoral position was a “make up”.  Correction, in 2015 there will be only THREE positions since the mayor’s position was filled in the 2013 election.

In March 2015, there will be elections for THREE Goodyear city council positions.

THREE.  That’s an important number.  Because THREE council members do not form a majority on the seven person (thus the reference to the Seven Dwarfs) Goodyear city council.

Here are the results of the last election for the three incumbents who’s seats will be up for grabs:

2011 GY Council Election Results

Those three, and the number of votes each of them got are:

Lauritano      4,715 votes

Osborne         5,301 votes

Stipp               4,079 votes

In a city of nearly 70,000 residents and over 30,000 registered voters, about 5,000 votes gets you elected to Goodyear city council.

C’mon, Goodyear.

Three good, conservative candidates, who are not on the leash of the public employees unions, developers, and chamber of commerce need to find about 5,000 good citizens to vote for them and they can put a good dent in the reign of GEOrgia and the dwarfs, year after year of overspending, property tax and utility bill increases, and catering to special interests instead of voters interests would be over.

Here is a link to Goodyear’s website where they claim candidate packages are available in order to start running. Since Goodyear spends hundreds of thousands of dollars every year just on their IT group, I assume this link will work….

City of Goodyear 2015 Candidate Packages

Editor’s note #2.  As one reader has noted, this link gets you to the Goodyear website with a link to the Candidate Packages but alas, the city’s website link comes up blank.

Keep trying….

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