The West Valley’s three biggest cities are in the final phases of approving budgets for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The total of the Avondale, Buckeye and Goodyear budgets: $1.2 billion.
Goodyear’s budget is roughly twice the size of the Buckeye and Avondale budgets. Avondale’s population is about 88,000, slightly more than Goodyear (86,840) and Buckeye (79,620); Buckeye and Goodyear are two of the fastest-growing cities in the country.
On June 8, Goodyear City Council unanimously approved a 2020-21 budget of just under $600 million, with a “final adoption” vote scheduled June 22 for the budget, which increases city spending by 15% over the 2019-20 budget.
The Goodyear budget includes 27 new full-time positions, bridging the city’s workforce to 667 full-timers (plus 40 part-timers).
Goodyear’s $599.4 million budget includes the operating costs for two new fire stations.
Next year’s general fund budget will be $180 million. That includes $27 million for the Goodyear Police Department and $22 million for the Goodyear Fire Department.
On June 16, Buckeye City Council approved a tentative $330 million budget —an increase of 15% from the current $285 million—for the coming fiscal year. A little more than 10% of the budget is for the police and fire departments.
At its June 15 meeting, Avondale City Council approved a final budget of $280 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Avondale council tentatively approved a budget in that amount May 18.
The Avondale budget includes 625 full-time employees, an increase of 7% from the current budget’s 585 full-time employees.
That was one of the driving forces of a budget that increased by 18% over the current year’s $236 million.
The Avondale Police Department budget is $20.7 million, about double the Avondale Fire-Medical Department budget.