During the Feb. 29, 2016 City Council work session, Goodyear Fire Chief Paul Luizzi presented information on the thresholds and triggers to review fire department needs. Since the 2008 Sonoran Valley Public Safety Master Plan had become outdated, it was decided to conduct a fire station study to review the needs across the entire city.
After a competitive bidding process, a contract was awarded to Operational Research in Health, Inc. (ORH, Inc.), to conduct the 2016 Fire Station Study. ORH, Inc. is a management consulting company established in 1986 that assists entities with resource planning in the public sector. Since their inception, ORH, Inc. has conducted more than 600 reviews aimed at optimizing resources for efficient and effective operations.
ORH, Inc. began their work on the Goodyear Fire Station Study in late August 2016. They collected incident data; analyzed current demand; reviewed historical trends; made site visits and assessed other factors to formulate the recommendations found in the 2016 Fire Station Study. The report was finalized on the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
December 12, 2016, staff and consultant presented to the City Council the results of the study at the Goodyear Municipal Complex Justice Center, in a public work session. This 2016 Fire Station study is one of several pieces of data that will be considered through the capital improvement planning process to ensure that the short and long-term needs of the city are met through responsible planning and prioritization of all capital projects and new services.
Nov. 2016 – Feb. 2017
- Departments prepare requests for new capital projects and for new services or other budget additions
- Budget staff and executive management review these requests
- January 23, 2017, the City Council approved the First Amendment to Development and Fire Services Agreement between Newland Communities and AV Homes. This agreement allows the city to utilize funds from Newland Communities and AV Homes for the design, construction and equipment for a fire station in Estrella as well as 5-years of operations and maintenance.
- February 27, 2017, the City Council authorized the City Manager to issue a notice of intent to commence design on the Estrella Fire Station 801 (Goodyear Fire Station 186); establish a $5,870,000 project budget; and authorize associated budget transfers.
- Council discussions and feedback
- Council receives a draft budget and provides feedback
Apr. - May 2017
- Public forum on the draft budget
May – July 2017
- Budget adoption
- Property Tax Levy
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ABOUT THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN (CIP)
The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a ten-year financial plan designed to create, support, maintain, and finance Goodyear’s present and future infrastructure needs. The CIP outlines project costs, funding sources, and estimated future operating costs associated with each project. The CIP is the result of a budgeting process designed to plan resources to projects when and where they are needed, and to ensure that the city will have the funds to pay for and maintain them. The CIP is prepared each year and is updated annually to incorporate new funding information, revised priorities, newly identified or revised plans, shifting service needs, special financing opportunities, emergency needs, or other directives established by the Mayor and Council.
The CIP is put forth for Council consideration each year after a multi-step planning process involving team members from Engineering, Budget & Research, the executive team, and representatives from departments submitting projects. Each request is carefully reviewed to identify the scope and cost. Funding sources are forecasted and a plan is developed and recommended to the City Council. The Council reviews and votes on yearly CIP allocations, and adopts the annual tax rate and utility rates to support proposed debt payments. The resulting plan provides the foundation for both short term and long range planning of land use and infrastructure needs to ensure a sustainable future for the city of Goodyear.