Fast Fun Facts About City of Goodyear Finances


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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.

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How To Cut Goodyear City Council’s Property Tax Increase in HALF


If Goodyear city council would simply eliminate their own city subsidized healthcare, dental, and life insurance benefits packages, Goodyear could easily save HALF of Goodyear city council’s proposed 2% property tax increase to taxpayers and pass along the savings by reducing the proposed increase to 1%.

I’m not talking about benefit reductions to any other city employees, just the seven council members.

If GY city council had the will to do it, it’s that easy.

From Goodyear’s own website, Goodyear City Council’s proposed 2% property tax increase is expected to raise $153,000.

Just the three recently re-elected Goodyear council members Stipp, Osborne, and Lauritano who all ran as “fiscal conservatives” less than 90 days ago, receive annual health, dental, and life insurance benefits of over $60,000 per YEAR

Just for these three.

Add in the rest of the 7 dwarfs’ benefits package costs and HALF of your proposed 2% property tax increase could be eliminated.

I did not hear any of the re-elected incumbents tell voters that they were running for re-election for the city provided healthcare benefits, did you? If the recently re-elected “fiscal conservatives” are really serving on Goodyear city council as “public servants” why not just eliminate their luxurious benefits package and pass along a 50% reduction in YOUR property tax increase?

I’ll tell you why. Because Stipp, Osborne, Lauritano, and Pizzillo are all on city council for the free health care, that’s why. Where else can you get free health care for attending nine three hour meetings a YEAR and when you can even have other jobs and call in to the meetings?

Don’t belive me?  You have the opportunity to ask them why they won’t do it at their June 22 public meeting  to take questions about the tax increase.

Unless they decide not to respond to questions just like at city council meetings.

* 18 month data. Multiply by 2/3 to annualize.
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

 

All three of these individuals ran on promises of “fiscal conservatism.” In order to cut the recently announce

Tax Increase Will Pay For GY Council’s New Spending On THEMSELVES


Goodyear’s announced plan to increase property taxes 2% or about $150,000 will just about cover the new spending that Goodyear City Council has approved for ITSELF since 2008.

In 2008, Goodyear spent $177,000 on “Mayor and City Council.”

In 2014, Goodyear City Council budgeted over $300,000 on “Mayor and City Council,” a difference of $125,000 plus.

One could say that they are just raising your taxes to pay themselves more. That is a more than 70% increase in a little over 5 years…. During a recession.

AND YOU PEOPLE JUST RE-ELECTED THREE OF THEM!

More details here:

https://howardsgoodyearblog.com/2015/01/29/government-dream-jobs-goodyear-city-council/

Theme From Rush Limbaugh


Another Allme Productions hit! 

And…. 

A great Akron, Ohio ballad!!

Rush uses the bass line start of this early 80s song by Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders as his radio theme song.

Chrissie graduated from Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio in my brother’s class of ’69. (I’m FHS ’71) I think she sang in the choir with him but I never knew her, in fact neither of us know anyone who knew her, I think she must have been a relatively quiet,  average kid.

Anyway….

This song is about Akron and you probably have to be from Akron in that era to know what she is talking about and appreciate it but I am intimately familiar with everything she says so I like the song even though it’s a bit boring. 

What really happened is that the rubber companies started closing down in the late 60s and by the 80s the town was a ghost town.

Of course, it does not appear Chrissie really understood all that (she had been away in London trying to become a rock star) so in her song the attempts at “redevelopment” come out as “all their fault.”

Artistic license I guess. LOL

And no, I’ve never met her.

Khrushchev


Did you pay money to listen to Sergei Khrushchev?

Want to know a little bit more about him before you go listen?

From the Daily Beast, see link below for entire article:

Sergei Khrushchev sees Putin as a reformer in the mold of his father and comparable to Theodore Roosevelt, who busted up corporate monopolies in the United States in the early 20th century.

“The Putin era is an era of bringing Russia back to the order, destroying the oligarchy, and enforcing the role of the government,” he said.

Ukraine historically had no identity and was simply an amalgamation of farmers who lived on the Russian periphery and applied to join Russia in the mid-17th Century, and even then it was only Eastern Ukraine, said Khrushchev. Western Ukraine joined them in 1945, but there are still essentially two countries there living together, he said.

“When people talk about Ukraine, they talk about some competition between Russia and the West. But in reality it is two different sets of Ukrainians who now live in one country,” he said. “We have two different Ukraines.”

He blames the West for triggering the Ukrainian crisis by supporting protests on the Maidan and he said Putin has no designs on invading Eastern Ukraine unless the country descends into all out civil war, which is possible.

“It was not Putin who invaded Crimea and at the barrel of the gun just annexed it. No. It was the will of the people,” he said. “So my message is, don’t try to provoke Ukrainians to fight with each other. If there will be no civil war, Putin will not invade Ukraine.”

GY Candidates; Just Read the Paper


Today’s AZ Republic interviews all 5 GY council candidates in just two columns. As a result, each candidate only got to state what was MOST important to them. About two paragraphs each.

This is all you have to read in order to know who to vote for.

What did each of them use their two paragraphs to say?

Lauritano: More infrastructure. ie, spend money.

Garcia: Grow businesses with incentives that do NOT add to taxes.

Osborne: Offer incentives to new AND current businesses. More money, plus, Lauritano’s husband owns a current business in GY so she wants more $ for that.

Hadden: Lower taxes. YES!!

Stipp: Provide services and amenities. ie. spend money

Garcia and Hadden are the only two who DO NOT start off with spending as their priority.
You can see the three incumbents just can’t help themselves spending. And in the case of Stipp and Lauritano, they are also beholden to city employees through their acceptance of huge campaign contributions from firemen’s union PACs.

I voted for Garcia, Hadden, Osborne. Osborne is the least objectionable of the incumbents.

Fireman’s Ball


Two of the three incumbent Goodyear, AZ city council members running for re-election, $heri Lauritano and Bill $tipp, are still taking money from Firemen’s Union PACs all over the state. SEVEN DIFFERENT FIREMAN’s UNION PACS. $heri has collected over $4000 from them, $tipp $1500.  ($heri and $tipp Campaign Finance Statements).

Now, if the Goodyear city council job was a do nothing volunteer job, or a do nothing low paying job then I’d say no big deal.  Because who is going to hand over their city council vote for a few thousand dollars a year to a bunch of fireman’s union PACS?

But as I have recently reported (Dream Jobs)  the Goodyear city council job is a do nothing HIGH PAID (over $30,000 per year) job.  $30,000 per year, much of it in the form of nearly free healthcare for your family is a big deal. For a perhaps struggling small business person like $heri ($heri has her own law firm and you know there are way too many lawyers out there) or a guy on permanent ~ $50,000 per year taxpayer provided disability like $tipp (who could lose his disability if his condition changed or his case was reviewed by the local retirement board and they changed their minds)  $30,000 per year might go a long way towards changing their thinking about firemen’s issues.

City of Goodyear Policy #700 clearly states that,
“no employee of the city shall be involved in the campaign of any person for election to the office of Mayor or Council member of the City.”

So they can’t take money from the Goodyear Firemen’s Union PAC or any direct donations from Goodyear firemen, but they appear to be circumventing this policy by taking money from Firemen’s Union PACs from all over the state.  Why else are Tempe, Maricopa, Chandler, Phoenix, Avondale, Glendale, and Buckeye Firemen’s Union PACs so interested in getting $heri and/or $tipp re-elected to Goodyear city council?

Here is an article I wrote about this topic a few years ago when these two did the same thing. It includes a copy of the actual policy verbatim. Detailed Article.

So, Goodyear, you have a choice of FIVE candidates running for THREE positions. If you are having trouble deciding which three to vote for, taking money from Firemen’s PACs for a do nothing HIGH PAID city council job is enough to determine my vote.

Robert Garcia appears to be the REAL DEAL.  He is a fiscal conservative, and from his work experience, he appears to be someone who will ask the right questions.

Ray Hadden is NOT an incumbent.  That’s about all I’ve heard about Ray Hadden.  But he did have a successful business career in a PRIVATE, not GOVERNMENT business.

Joanne Osborne appears to have stopped taking money from Firemen’s union PACs as she has reported none.  Either that or she’s not disclosing it yet.  But either way, under the right influence, Joanne’s harmless.   She does not appear to know what she is doing or even much about what is presented to her at meetings in my opinion.  Maybe Garcia could have better luck influencing Joanne’s position on issues than any of the other dwarfs on city council.  And if Hadden would go along with him, hey, 3 out of 7 is better than where we are today.

I think I’ll vote for those three.  Not $heri or $tipp.

 

 

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