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Goodyear council generosity?

Editor:

Recent decisions by Goodyear’s City Council and mayor show a significant discrepancy between generosity when city employees are involved, but not when it’s taxpayers.

Utility increase: Initial rates met with substantial public objections and are now to be revised down.

Why didn’t the lower rates occur in the first place? Goodyear has a multitude of programs that on the surface suggest management efficiency — “Lean Thinking Initiatives.”

Unfortunately, no programs focus on cost reduction. In their “Goals and Objectives” you’ll not find an objective to reduce costs. How many other budgets can be reduced with a true “Lean Thinking” approach?

Pay increases authorized by council were based on booming city revenues. A onetime bonus or a 2.5% pay increase (which becomes a repeating cost) were offered. The former obviously is less costly to taxpayers. Why did the council not just go with the onetime bonus, which addresses the situation and is cost effective?

Goodyear was awarded $10 million of federal money to aid individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic. It’s unused. 

Buckeye launched a $500,000 utility assistance program, and Peoria and other cities used some funds for small-business aid and rent assistance. Goodyear’s budget and research manager reporting on city finances was quoted by the View as saying “Revenues are booming” and “… restaurants have found a way to not have their revenues drop as much as we anticipated.”

Oh, joy! We’re only sinking slowly.

Councilman Bill Stipp suggested waiving resident fees for the first six months’ use of the new Recreation and Aquatics Center. Council said nay. 

On the utility rates, Mayor Lord had said this proves “council and staff listen to public comment.” If so, mayor, why not also listen to a representative of the public who has an inexpensive idea to help out some taxpayers?

Richard Hinkel

Goodyear

Redistricting unfair

Editor:                                                                                                      

The redistricting commission needs to do a better job than they did 10 years ago. Legislative District 4 includes parts of Tucson, Yuma and Maricopa County. The city of Goodyear is split into a number of legislative districts that are designed to weaken the votes of these residents and push the residents to be dominated by elected officials in other parts of the state.  

When you realize that LD 4 is in Congressional District 3, it is obvious that this part of Goodyear should be designed to be included with other parts of Goodyear. CD 3 is poorly represented because it pushes residents to the west and south instead of to parts of Goodyear.

The commission has been controlled by Democrats even though the current person on the commission is registered as an independent. This time the Republicans are seeking to place an individual on the commission who is registered as an independant with some Republican ties. Turn about should be expected  and should be an individual that leans to the Republican side.  

The commission has the power to make decisions that will impact elections for the next 10 years. A lot can happen in 10 years. 

If you review the results of the past 10 years, you will realize that voters have not been well represented. It is time to make Arizona more representative with opportunities for others to seek offices where there are needs for change.  LD4 and CD3 are deserving of positive change for the next decade.

R.L. Newcomer

Goodyear