Greg Mengarelli has chosen to go low and is running a radio attack ad claiming Phil does not support Prescott Police and Fire personnel due to his stance on Prop 443. Here is Phil's response to this attack on Phil's dedication and commitment to our first responders.
While addressing the then seated city council over six years ago, I did NOT advocate for bankruptcy of the city of Prescott in any way, shape or form. I did advocate for the protection of our taxpayers due to a poorly written proposition that allowed for a shifting of our tax payments away from solving the PSPRS debt issue while increasing tax payments to a flawed and continued incompetent PSPRS investment team. Since that time, several of the PSPRS administrators and advisors have resigned in disgrace and been charged with various financial misdeeds. Even this year alone Prescott's account only achieved a return of less than one percent (0.91%) versus an expected return rate of 7.3%, which means our city's liability will grow by over $8,000,000, sucking up most of the extra Prop 443 tax collected throughout the year. I was the only member of the current council to pledge not to lower our required annual payment below $6,000,000 while using all of the Prop 443 tax dollars. In addition, I was also the only member of the council to recommend using some of the federal CARES funding to pay down more of the PSPRS debt. Although improved, Prescott's PSPRS account is still classified as severely endangered (less than 70% funded) and will take a diligent commitment to reach full funding over the remaining years of Prop 443 tax collections.
So who truly supports Prescott's public safety officer's pension? My voting record shows that I truly do.
I have been a steadfast supporter of our police officers and firefighters over my past four years on council, whether it was for providing additional safety equipment, new vehicles, body cameras, etc.
A strong and supported public section is one of the pillars of my conservative beliefs. I will not waiver from that commitment as your Mayor.
You, the citizens of Prescott, deserve a Mayor that will fight for your tax dollars and not stoop to smear tactics and personal attacks when debating serious issues that impact our future as a city.
Note: Michael Broggie - President of the Prescott Police Foundation endorsed Phil Goode
Results posted from the Yavapai County Elections Department show Phil Goode won the Prescott Mayoral race. It was an overwhelming response by the Citizens of Prescott showing 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!