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Letters to the Editor - February 22, 2017
Submitted by West Valley View on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00am
Editor’s note: The West Valley View will not run any Letters to the Editor criticizing candidates in the March 8 issue because it is the last issue before the Goodyear election on March 14 and candidates would not have a chance to defend themselves.
CFDs for certain citizens
A friend at the gym inquired: “What are Special District assessments on property tax bills?” I replied: I don’t know since I don’t pay that tax.
However, I am concerned about Goodyear property and sales taxes which have gone up 20% since 2011. Goodyear is now the highest tax city in the Phoenix area.
I researched my friend’s concern. In 1988 Community Facilities District (CFD) Act was initiated by Arizona Title 48. Cities use CFD’s to relieve developers from paying for infrastructure. CFD’s benefit certain builders to avoid payment for construction, and maintenance of public infrastructure including; Roadways/Parking, Water Systems, Sewer Systems, Parks Spaces, Sidewalks, Landscaping, Drainage, Public Lighting, Public Buildings, Fire Protection, Public Safety Facilities, and Traffic/Safety Equipment.
Goodyear CFD’s are a Special District Assessment Lien Bond.
Additionally, some CFD’s require an additional payout when selling your home.
CFD’s are a Lien. Failure to pay can result in foreclosure.
The CFD’s cost depends on lot size up to several hundred dollars annually.
Does Every Goodyear Home Have A CFD payment? NO, depends on geography.
Goodyear has 10 CFDs — the most in Maricopa County. Avondale has NO CFDs.
Link: http://www.goodyearaz.gov/home/showdocument?id=9834 — the Goodyear CFD map.
My land was subdivided before 1988. NO CFD for me. My friend lives two blocks away and pays for a CFD. We have equal access to the amenities and infrastructure. He pays-I don’t. He also has a CFD payout when he sells. $6,000 or 3% at closing.
Serious fairness issue! When Jim Cavanaugh was Mayor property and sales taxes were much lower. Goodyear was “All America City” 2008. With the upcoming election, I recommend you visit his website www.jimcavanaughformayor.com discusses CFD’s. Vote Cavanaugh for Mayor (February 15). Mayor Georgia Lord has lost touch!!
McCain is an embarrassment
It’s almost everyday that Sen. John McCain undermines our President.
It appears that Sen. John McCain is very bitter and a jealous old man that can only support socialism. I feel he is an embarrassment to Arizona and should be recalled by our State leaders. When I see him on TV I shudder and think “Oh NO ! HE IS GOING TO SAY SOMETHING RELAY STUPID.”
Ralph T. Bradbeer III
Dems stand with anarchists
Over the last several weeks and months we have witnessed many non-peaceful (thus unconstitutional) protests-turned-riots in our country; airports, public parks, state capitols, federally funded colleges and universities, Inauguration Day, Berkeley, etc. Many Democrat acquaintances, and some anonymous ones, have informed me these events are being carried out by Soros-funded Leftist anarchists, and not by Democrats themselves. Ok, fair enough, I can accept that is partly and maybe even mostly true. But it also begs strong but fair questions: Why will Democrats not join forces with Republicans to call out and eradicate Soros and his professional armies of anarchist, king-men minions? Why do Democrats continue to nominate and vote for politicians that do rally and garner support from these anarchist groups? As freedom-cherishing Americans we should all be opposing these incidents wholeheartedly and forcefully. Opposing views and differing opinions make America great, lawless and violent anarchy does not.
Jim Cavanaugh has my vote
We’re finally going to have a very qualified individual, Jim Cavanaugh, running for mayor of Goodyear. I welcome Mr. Cavanaugh back into the political arena. He’s demonstrated organizational skills of a high level during two terms as mayor of Goodyear. I urge you to take the time to evaluate his platform and you’ll discover he has the best interest of our city as a high priority. As past mayor he attempted to bring in institutions of higher education to our community. This action would have benefited, commercial interests, and our children who would’ve had more choices of institutions of higher education, increasing their options of careers to pursue without having to cross two worlds. When this action came before the council, some present members voted it down.
Having attended several Goodyear Council meetings I’ve come to the opinion that our present Mayor doesn’t have our best interest at the forefront. She doesn’t seem to have a working knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order or if she does, she doesn’t think they apply to her. At a council meeting she asked a question that indicated she didn’t realize Goodyear had an agriculture island within the city that had horse privileges. It seems to me any good politician, especially the mayor, should become acquainted with all areas within the city that he/she represents. How else can you effectively represent all city residents? Before you cast your vote inquire as to the organizational skills our present Mayor. Our founding fathers must be shuddering at the thought of who’s running our city.
Goodyear deserves better governing. I therefore recommend that you, as a resident, express your feeling, whatever that might be, by voting. I further extend that recommendation and ask you to vote for Jim Cavanaugh, to bring about a much needed change.
A better way to increase wages
By raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020, the affordable products and services we are so accustomed to purchasing will most definitely rise in price to accommodate the high wages. These prices might remain low if businesses simply decide to lay off employees to retain high profits. Surely this creates more problems for us as a state than low wages; would you rather have a lower unemployment rate with the lower wage, or the higher wage and more people out of a job? Furthermore, local entrepreneurship and consumer choice will steadily fade as these small businesses struggle to compete with corporations.
If anyone should be getting a raise in this state, it should be educators; they are invaluable assets to our future, yet earn so little that oftentimes, it is not a viable career option. Wouldn’t you agree it is logical to invest more in the schools and children than in fast food restaurant employees? According to WalletHub.com, the Arizona school system (alarmingly) ranks 48th in the country. As a student, it is no secret to me why this is: large class sizes, shortage of teachers, inconsistent implementation of Common Core curriculum, and lack of funding, among others.
I urge local and state governing bodies to direct their attention toward schools instead of wages because if we can empower a generation to attend college or trade schools to earn higher incomes in their career, do we not solve the need for a higher minimum wage? As a state, instead of settling for mediocrity when it comes to grades and state test scores, let us set our standards higher and aim for excellence in the academic endeavors or our youth, and in turn solve tomorrow’s problems today.
We have all been duped
This last weekend’s Superbowl was probably the most exciting one and best one ever. Atlanta was ahead in the 4th Q and could have kicked a field goal since they well within FG range (35 yards). But, that would have made for a boring and unpopular (to most fans) game. Two plays later after a losing play and a 10 yard penalty they’re now 50+yards away-too far for a filed goal which would have cinched a very boring game. So we have all been duped.
CNN like the rest of the left wing nuts running around just needs a piece of wood to bite down on so they don’t loss their tongues .
I try and watch CNN but their desperation to make it look like the Sky Is Falling because Bernie and Hillary lost the election to a non politician such as Trump is really getting embarrassing.
Last night CNN was interviewing a woman Rabbi who thought President Trump having Jewish grand children was some kind of planned, grand scheme, Dog Whistle , a term she kept throwing out there, with the interviewer just hanging on to her ever word.
Smoke and Mirrors was another term she was fond of . The Rabbi with the help of the interviewer said people who were pro Israel just wanted to keep Jews all in the same place. So insulting to non Jews. That poor Rabbi having to walk among us !
Keep Pizzillo on council
City of Goodyear residents do not have to endure the “drama” that other West Valley cities have experienced in recent years thanks to the hard work and dedication of our city council & mayoral leadership! Working in harmony with fellow council members, Joe Pizzillo has worked hard to maintain our high quality of life and ensure the financial sustainability of our city. There is no doubt that the City of Goodyear has benefited greatly from Joe’s strong financial background. Let’s keep Joe Pizzillo on the Goodyear City Council!
Gilberto and A. Grizelle Apodaca
Georgia Lord lacks integrity
Mayor Lord is not fit to be the mayor of Goodyear. Lord openly stated, “Promises Made are Promises Broken” during a neighborhood meeting. A leader that will not honor commitments or follow through is not fit to lead Goodyear. Lord has demonstrated that she has little integrity. She is not the type of role model our city needs. Her priorities are not what is best for our city. She cares more about growth and development than residents’ quality of life. She scolded my neighbors and me during a meeting saying “I am sorry you always had it this way, that you just want to live your life the way you had it, that’s not the way it goes”. My neighborhood has been a unique part of Goodyear way before Lord attempted to be a politician or has lived in Goodyear. Lord continues to demonstrate her lack of experience and leadership by not doing research or coming to meetings prepared. An example of this is her lack of knowledge about the Goodyear neighborhoods, she said during a meeting, “this is not zoned for livestock, they are allowed to have horses on their property, I had no idea”. As an educator, parent, and women I will not be voting for Lord. Our city needs someone that will be for and by the people of Goodyear. It’s time to bring back our city to be the All American City is can be for all citizens not just the few that are “friends” with the council.
Shame on Georgia Lord
If you care about the future of the city of Goodyear, don’t vote for Lord. During a neighborhood meeting she said, “SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on Goodyear”. Someone who cannot support the city and people she represents should not be our mayor. Goodyear needs a mayor that will lead the city not someone who will shame us. It’s time to end Lord’s time as mayor.
This is Betsy’s plan?
During Senate hearings, Betsy DeVos didn’t appear to know much about how to assess the performance teachers or schools. You’d think that would be important to someone picked to run the Department of Education. DeVos’ big thing is charter schools. Locally, we in Arizona have been buying what she’s selling for years. As a result, Arizona is at or near the bottom of almost every list regarding public education. The Arizona Dept of Education website lists over 500 charter schools. No wonder our schools lack money. We’re slicing our funding pie awfully thin in an effort to give everybody a slice. Each school has principals, teachers, utilities, and facility costs. The big question is how well they perform. Based on the number of abandoned locations, many didn’t measure up. A 2014 Brookings Institute study found Arizona charters don’t perform any better than public schools — some did worse. Is this what DeVos and Trump think is the key to educational success for the nation?
I feel Goodyear is extremely lucky to have such dedicated incumbants , Georgia Lord, Joe Pizillo and Wally Campbell running for reelection. I know each of them personally. They put in hours that would make the most extreme workaholics shudder. They make extra hours to go to local events. Their non-partisan ways help every resident of Goodyear. They take time to speak to anyone who would like to make their points known.
Goodyear thrives because of the current council. Georgia Lord represents the finest of mayors by listening to what the council members have to say. She doesn’t always get her way but understands the need to listen and be flexible. She is a valuable asset to our community.
I feel proud to call Georgia, Joe and Wally friends. I am most proud to be able to vote for all three.
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