Phil will advocate for more public input at City Council meetings by restoring the "call to the public." Citizens who wish to directly address the City Council will be respectfully welcomed, heard, and considered.
Phil objected to the long-term appointment of the Council's selected replacement for the seat vacated by Councilwoman Billie Orr. This action - by the mayor and majority of Council - denied Prescott's citizens their voice in our upcoming November election, which would've allowed the people to decide who would affect city policy and direction for the final two years of Orr's term.
Phil is a committed supporter of Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) and their efforts to safeguard our area's water resources, in a long-term sustainable manner. An active CWAG member and a member of CWAG's Public Policy Committee for many years, he consistently advocates for conservation of our water, incentives for low water use, and protection of the Verde River perennial flow. Phil will make a legitimate effort to engage and craft an agreement with our governmental partners in the Prescott Active Management Area (PrAMA) to reach Safe Yield.
Phil opposes providing additional water outside city limits. He voted against this change in Prescott City's water policy and will return that policy to the previous version that worked effectively for so long.
The recent growth of high-density development in North Prescott is creating urban sprawl, congestion, and traffic problems throughout our city. Mass-grading techniques are destroying Prescott's beauty, wildlife, and unique nature. City leadership's responsibility is to manage the pace and impact of such growth. As mayor Phil will lead the effort to slow the pace of growth by managing water allocations, demanding effective traffic planning, and holding developers accountable for the results.
Under Mayor Mengarelli's leadership it's been unclear how and why policies have been determined, and for whose benefit. Without public involvement and input these questions remain unanswered.
Phil will tell you that when he makes a decision he asks five questions: Does this need to be done? Does it need to be done now? How much will it cost? Who's going to pay for it? Will it lead to bigger government?
Phil fights to get the answers he needs to make decisions and policies that best serve the taxpayers of Prescott.
He has a tempered-steel backbone and no fear of standing strong on important issues. Phil consistently pushes back against inadequate decisions being made by the mayor and council majority. His voting record proves it!
Citizens of Prescott can count on Phil to always champion lower taxes and limited government and at the same time support essential city services.
A majority of the City Council recently elected the youngest and least experienced member of the council as mayor pro-tem, and did this during a pandemic emergency. The City Charter states: "The mayor shall be the chief executive of the city government for all purposes and recognized by the governor for purposes of military law and civil defense and shall have executive ... duties." The mayor pro-tem is responsible to run the city if the mayor is not available. Phil Goode voted against electing a mayor pro-tem who does not have the knowledge or experience described by the City Charter to manage the city if called upon to do so under emergency conditions.
Almost eighteen percent of Prescott citizens are veterans who are attracted to Prescott because our city respects and honors the men and women who have served our country.
In January of 2018, Mayor Mengarelli established the Veteran's Initiative Commission and appointed Phil Goode the City Council member liaison to the commission. In June of 2020, Mayor Mengarelli dissolved that commission without notifying Councilman Goode of his decision. For the current mayor to dissolve the commission without alerting Councilman Goode who served that commission for the last 2 1/2 years, was a slight to Councilman Goode and the veterans in our community. Instead Mayor Mengarelli established the "Commission on Well-Being" (dissolved after less than one year) and left Prescott's veterans with no support from City government.
Phil is a dedicated supporter of a vibrant, modern and effective Prescott Regional Airport that must be protected from the growing encirclement and encroachment caused by residential building challenges.
Phil is also supportive of the Center of the Future. This concept center along with a high-tech business park will support growing incubator startups, spur development of satellite facilities, and attract re-location of successful high-tech business like CP Technologies. These types of businesses will generate high-paying jobs. Jobs that can provide additional opportunity for our citizens and a future for our graduates to continue to live and prosper in our city and in the region.
Results posted last night from the Yavapai County Elections Department show Phil Goode with 62.04% of the vote compared to his competitor with 37.72% of the vote. An overwhelming response by the Citizens of Prescott that it is time for a change in the leadership and direction of Prescott. Thanks to all of Phil's supporters - this could not have happened without you!