Goodyear will have a Special Election on March 9, 2021. Registered voters will vote on changes made to the City of Goodyear Charter.
The Maricopa County Libertarian Party discussed, reviewed, and approved the following Voter’s Guide in the effort to inform Goodyear voters.
DATE BALLOTS WILL BE MAILED: Feb. 10, 2021
BALLOT REPLACEMENT CENTER: Goodyear City Hall – Opens on March 1, 2021
Proposition 451 – Yes.
This proposition does a few things. Most notable is the change to not count partial terms toward term limits for Mayor and Council. This is appropriate since it is the typical standard for offices around the United States.
Proposition 452 – Yes.
This proposition is an administrative update to the City charter. It is reasonable and does not make sense for libertarians to object here. Voting no would make managing the City difficult and would have no discernable benefit to libertarians.
Proposition 453 – No.
Goodyear has defined “Merit System” for certain public employees which is used in evaluating job performance. The proposition expands the number of employees which are covered under the “Merit System”. Job performance evaluation is more effective if left to the supervisor and not delegated to some checklist. If the evaluation is left in the hands of the supervisor then the supervisor is responsible for the conduct of the employee. It is preferred to have one person accountable rather than a checklist the supervisor can hide behind when something goes wrong.
Proposition 454 – Yes.
This proposition is an administrative update to the City’s accounting rules. It is reasonable and does not make sense for libertarians to object here. Voting no would make managing the City difficult and would have no discernable benefit to libertarians.
Proposition 455 – No.
This proposition allows City Council to post proposed ordinances to “the official posting location” instead posting them at City Hall. It appears the City is making this change in order to not post hard copies and instead rely on the internet. In this age of digital censorship, libertarians should vote against this to ensure the decisions of private tech companies do not prevent libertarians and other minority political groups from access to City business.
Proposition 456 – No.
This proposition allows the City Manager to dispose of surplus City property “by other reasonable means”. Currently the City Manager is only allowed to sell items at public auction. While a no vote may make it difficult for the City Manager to sell property, the proposition as written is too vague and could lead to abuse and corruption. Recommend no vote for libertarians.
Proposition 457 – No.
This proposition eliminates a section of the charter which states a Council Member must live in the district which they are running for election. The proposition would eliminate direct representation guaranteed to the City’s voters. Therefore, a no vote is recommended for libertarians.
Proposition 458 – Yes.
This proposition makes naming and grammatical changes to the City court system. It appears reasonable and does not make sense for libertarians to object here. Voting no would make managing the City difficult and would have no discernable benefit to libertarians.
Proposition 459 – No.
This proposition requires the City to consider establishing committee every ten years to recommend changes to the City charter. Nothing prevents the City from changing the City charter currently. This just requires them to consider it every ten years. The old saying if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it applies here. The City charter is similar to a City constitution. The harder to change it the better for libertarians. The proposition would result in an additional committee, additional politicians to serve on said committee, and unneeded changes. Politicians assigned to this committee will feel incentivized to recommend changes even if none are necessary in order to justify their new appointment. To a libertarian, this proposition is all down side with no upside. A no vote is recommended.
Proposition 460 – Yes.
This proposition makes very minor grammatical changes to the City charter. The main change is the word “inhabitants” changing to “residents”. Voting no would have no discernable benefit to libertarians and would only make enemies. A yes vote is recommended for libertarians.