Kenn Weise, Eric Orsborn, Georgia Lord, Thomas L. Schoaf

Kenn Weise, Eric Orsborn, Georgia Lord, Thomas L. Schoaf

The Southwest Valley is experiencing an unprecedented period of residential growth and economic success. Our region is attracting thousands of new jobs and tens of millions in economic investment — especially along the Loop 303 corridor. Our cities are being recognized as premier destinations to live, and we are making significant investments in our public safety and residential amenities.

Here are some quick examples of our latest success: Avondale is a flourishing hub for health care investment and is making great strides in its BLVD mixed-use project. Buckeye was named the fastest-growing city in the country and recently announced a million-square-foot lithium-ion manufacturing facility. Goodyear’s Civic Square is starting to take shape, and the city also recently opened the much-anticipated Goodyear Recreation Campus. Litchfield Park just broke ground on Litchfield Square that will bring about 400,000 square feet of mixed-use development and recently earned a prestigious certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting.

To sum up, the Southwest Valley is absolutely heading in the right direction. As local elected officials, we are doing our part to make sure it stays that way. However, there is one other key component to our quality of life that extends beyond what we can accomplish at the city level: our schools. 

Education plays an incredibly important role in the success of our community just like public safety, streets, recreation or economic development. That is why we have joined together to encourage you to vote “yes” on the Agua Fria Union High School District override continuation and “yes” on the Litchfield Elementary School District override continuation this November. 

Our local schools are among the best in the state, making our cities an attractive destination for companies and helping provide a ready workforce for companies to hire. These proposals provide local funding to recruit and retain effective teachers, invest in technology infrastructure, maintain a nurse at each elementary school, and keep smaller class sizes. Both the Agua Fria and Litchfield proposals are not a tax increase. They are a continuation of the local funding that has been in place for more than 20 years.

Quality schools help increase property values, attract jobs and reduce crime. If we want to continue to be competitive in attracting high-wage employers and improve our standard of living, we must ensure that our community is an attractive destination with safe schools that provide a well-rounded education. 

As the mayors of Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear and Litchfield Park, we recognize that education is a key component to our quality of life. People want to live in safe communities with good job opportunities and excellent schools. Both of these budget continuations allow us to continue toward these goals without increasing taxes.

We must keep this positive momentum going in the Southwest Valley. Join us in supporting the Agua Fria Union High School District and the Litchfield Elementary School District override continuations.