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D2 applicant names released; interviews on January 23

 Six residents of District 2 have applied to fill the vacancy on City Council, following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 17.

The following applicants (read complete applications) are listed by the order in which applications were received by the City Clerk:

Nancy Hayden – SC Grand: Hayden has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is the wife of the late Councilmember Jim Hayden. She cited wanting to develop a strong relationship between the city and residents and be part of the community’s development among her reasons for wanting to serve.

Alyson Cline – SC Grand: Cline has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is the President of Friends of the Surprise Libraries and Chair for Read on Greater Surprise. She’s a former member of the Surprise Disability Advisory Commission and cited her enjoyment for bringing people together to meet the needs of Surprise among her reasons for seeking office.

Robert Estep – Bell West Ranch: Estep has lived in Surprise for 13 years and is a Realtor with Home Smart Realty; and prior service with Ken Meade Realty. He has previous service with Eve’s Place, Chance Shelter and other non-profits. He states among his reasons for wanting to serve is to give back to the community and help it grow in the right direction.

Susan deJong – SC Grand: DeJong has lived in Surprise for more than three years and although mostly retired, serves as a substitute teacher with the Dysart Unified School District. She also chairs the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission. Having served on that commission since 2011, she states her desire to better serve the community in a greater way on council.

Wendell V. Fountain – SC Grand: Fountain has lived in Surprise for five months. He is President and CEO of Fountain Associates Business and Management Consults and in an Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University’s Jerry Colangelo College of Business. He stated that his interest to serve was to improve quality of life and economic progress in Surprise.

Glenn L. Stark – Bell West Ranch: Stark has lived in Surprise for nine years and is self-employed through Cruise Planners- Carla and Glen Stark Travel Agency. He is a member of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Surprise Citizens Corps Council and a United States Army Veteran. He stated as a reason for wanting to serve is to maintain a safe community and manage responsible growth.

Brian Eichelberger (withdrawn from process) – Arizona Traditions: Eichelberger has lived in Surprise for three years and is currently retired. His most recent employment background was with the California Department of Corrections. He cited his care and support of the community among his reasons for wanting to serve on Council.

The City Council will interview the applicants in a Special City Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 23, beginning at 4 p.m.

Per city code the public comment period regarding the applicants will close Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m. and be shared with City Council. The Council will vote on appointment selection at their February 6th Regular Meeting, 6 p.m., at City Hall.

To view the candidates applications visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.

City accepting applications for D2 council seat vacated by death of Hayden

The city of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the position of Councilmember District 2 (Cottonwood) due to the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

All applicants must reside within the District 2 district boundaries. The term expiration for the appointment will be December 31, 2018, and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled Council election in August 2018 per ARS 9-235 (The council shall fill a vacancy that may occur by appointment until the next regularly scheduled council election if the vacancy occurs more than thirty days before the nomination petition deadline. This subsection does not apply to a charter city).  The Interview/Selection process is as follows:

Section 2-22 of the Surprise City Code – Council/District Vacancy:

  1. Vacancies in district office will be advertised beginning no later than 14 days from the date the vacancy is created when caused by death, and seven days from the date the vacancy is created in all other cases. The city clerk will advertise all vacancies in at least one newspaper with local circulation, on the city website, and in all designated posting locations during the application acceptance period. (Date of Advertisement – Wednesday, January 3, 2018).
  2. All eligible persons interested in filling the district vacancy must submit an application to the city clerk’s office prior to the close of the acceptance period. The application acceptance period will end at 5:00 p.m. on the 14th day following the placement of the advertisement as required by subsection (1) of this section. (Wednesday, January 17, 2018).
  3. No later than the end of the business day following the close of the application acceptance period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all applications submitted during the application acceptance period (Thursday, January 18, 2018).
  4. The council will interview each applicant at a public hearing held no later than ten days following the close of the application acceptance period, followed by a seven-day period during which public comment may be submitted to the city clerk’s office (Interview/Public Hearing – Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. & Close of Comments (Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.).
  5. No later than the end of the business day following the close of the public comment period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all comments submitted during the comment period (Wednesday, January 31, 2018).
  6.  A district candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the public hearing (Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.).

Applications are available for pick up the City Clerk’s Office, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, starting on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and the closing date will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Interviews will be scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at a 6 p.m. Special Council Meeting. Selection of the applicant will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting.   Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov, under City Clerk section. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office.

Special Note: Candidate election packets will also be available starting on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. for interested residents of District 2, to serve for the remainder of the four-year term ending in December 2020. Please contact City Clerk, Sherry Ann Aguilar at 623-222-1220 for details.

City announces the passing of Councilmember Jim Hayden

District 2 Councilmember Jim Hayden passed away this afternoon, following a short illness.

Hayden was first appointed by the Surprise City Council to serve out the remainder of the term for the District 2 council seat in October 2016.  That seat was vacated by the incumbent in September 2016. Having won the District 2 seat in the August 2016 Primary Election, his four-year term began on January 1, 2017.

“Jim was a gentle soul and humble public servant,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “Surprise was most fortunate to have him amongst us. The Valley has lost a dear friend, but his legacy of service is larger than life itself, and one that will continue to impact us all.”

Hayden was a longtime West Valley resident dedicating his life to public service. For 22 years, Jim served on the Glendale Fire Department as a fire fighter and EMT.

He was a Vietnam War veteran and served 20 years in the United States Air Force, where he trained pilots with critical skills needed to survive wartime conditions.

He also served as Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College, teaching Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Prior to joining council, he served as Chairman of the Surprise Public Safety Retirement Board.

Hayden was an advocate for public safety and the overall Quality of Life for residents.

Jim and his wife Nancy have lived in Sun City Grand for 12 years.

Happy Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us and what a wonderful time we will have celebrating with friends, family and neighbors. As you’re preparing for the festivities, be that holiday parties, decorating your home, crafting and baking, or shopping for gifts, I encourage you to shop local and keep your money in Surprise.

Did you know that local sales tax makes up nearly 40% of the city’s General Fund revenues which pays for police, fire-medical, street maintenance, and our beautiful city parks? The money you spend in Surprise helps provide essential services and shapes our community. Plus, when you frequent your favorite Surprise restaurants, retailers, etc., you are helping to maintain and create jobs in our city.

If that’s not enough motivation, the Surprise Chamber of Commerce and the city have partnered to provide you with additional incentives for shopping locally. You can now join the city’s ShopSurprise initiative by texting ‘ShopSurprise’ (one word) to 85100 to opt in and receive daily discounts from your favorite merchants.

This same campaign was used last year during the Bell-Grand Bridge Project with great success! However this year it will be bigger and better; when you opt in to receive the daily messages you’ll now receive discounts from businesses throughout Surprise. Also, unlike last year, the deals won’t end in December; you’ll be able to take advantage of the savings year-round!

Additional opportunities to view the daily deals in lieu of text messages include:

Retrieving the daily deal is easy; once you learn the deal of the day, you simply go to the offering business and let them know you would like to receive the daily deal.

Join me in supporting our city and our businesses. Let’s ShopSurprise!

If you have questions about the shop local initiative or want more information, please contact me at 623.222.1322 or email me at jim.hayden@surpriseaz.gov.

Prescription Drug Abuse

The abuse of opioids in our country has become a national crisis. While you may think the problem stems from the use of illegal drugs, such as heroin, in many cases its everyday people- grandparents, parents and young people that become addicted to doctor-prescribed pain medications such as fentanyl and codeine.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that in 2015, 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids and more than 33,000 people died from overdosing on opioids.

In 2016, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) revealed that 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdose, an average of more than two people per day. Since 2012 opioid deaths in our state have increased 74 percent.

To combat this growing problem, the city of Surprise has implemented some strategies, including the creation of a website filled with information and resources to connect people that are fighting this addiction to those that can help them. A visit to www.surpriseaz.gov/opioidhelp will connect you to various local and national resources and support agencies working to end opioid abuse.

You will also find a link to an ADHS report, ordered by Governor Ducey, which includes legislative proposals to combat this epidemic. They include:

  • Imposing a five-day limit on all first fills for opioid patients to decrease the risk of dependence
  • Requiring e-prescribing for some controlled substance medications to mitigate fraudulent prescriptions
  • Requiring pharmacists to check if a patient has been prescribed both an opioid and a benzodiazepine- a combination proven to increase the risk of overdose

The report also recommends more first responders be trained on the use of naloxone (Narcan), used to help reverse an opioid overdose. In Surprise, both Fire-Medical and Police personnel are trained on the use of Narcan.

Fire-Medical has also established partnerships with substance abuse facilities that allow for direct transfer and immediate evaluation of patients as part of the new Treat and Refer program.

The city also has a RX Drop-off location in our Police Department lobby (14250 W. Statler Plaza), where you can safely dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

Our Surprise TV channel continues to air ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism production Hooked RX: from prescription to addiction, which focuses on the abuse of prescription drugs. This is a follow-up to the Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona video they produced a few years ago, in which former Surprise Police Chief Mike Frazier was interviewed for. You can find links to both videos on the website.

While opioid abuse is a public health crisis, it is also a public safety concern. I have read stories where a person that became addicted to a prescription opioid turned to criminal activity when their doctor stopped their prescription. The addiction forced some to steal prescription pads to write out fraudulent prescriptions. While others turned to drug dealers to obtain illegal opioids, which are much stronger and can result in overdose.

The opioid epidemic took decades to create and we will not solve it overnight. It will take legislative and financial support at the federal level, in addition to state legislation to turn things around. It will take patients asking their doctors about alternative non-addicting prescriptions. It will take all of us to become better informed and to connect those that are fighting this addiction to the people that can help them.

If you have any questions about this issue or want to discuss it further, please reach out to me at 623.222.1322 or email me at jim.hayden@surpriseaz.gov.

General Obligation Bond Election 2017 – Pavement Preservation Question

My fellow neighbors, we are a month away from the November 7 General Obligation Bond Election. As you may recall since August, I have utilized my monthly article to go over each of the three questions voters will be asked to decide. We began with the $34 million Public Safety Question that would fund six projects to address public safety needs. In September, we looked at the three road safety projects listed under the $15.5 million Traffic Congestion Mitigation Question, and this month we’ll explore the $10 million Pavement Preservation Question.

Citywide Pavement Preservation and Street Maintenance

Project Need: The city has more than 1,400 paved street-lane miles. The estimated full replacement value is approximately $773 million. The 2015 independent assessment of city streets revealed the network was showing deterioration over time. Council increased the annual pavement preservation program budget from $1.8 million to $4.5 million in FYs 2016-2018. While, the budget currently can provide for lower-cost maintenance treatments, it is not sufficient to fund major pavement restructuring of Bell Road, for example, from east of the bridge to Parkview. The National Center for Pavement Preservation shows that spending a dollar on maintenance pavement preservation can eliminate or delay spending $6 to $14 on future major reconstruction costs.

If approved: This project would provide funding to cover more expensive road reconstruction projects citywide, allowing the annual $4.5 million pavement preservation budget to pay for lower-cost street maintenance projects, such as crack-seal and micro-surfacing treatments which can extend a street’s service use by 7 – 10 years.

Project Cost: $10 million | Project timeline: Jan 2018 – Dec 2022

The Cost to You

Property taxes are determined by your property’s assessed value, not the market value. Surprise has a current primary property tax rate of $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property valuation. Currently the city does not have a secondary property tax. If any of the three proposed bond questions are voter approved, it would create a secondary property tax for the city. Any secondary property tax collections are required to be used to pay off the bond debt(s).

Should the Pavement Preservation question receive voter approval, the annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV) for an anticipated 22 years, or $0.0763 per $100 in Assessed LPV. That’s approximately $0.66 per month, or $0.02 per day.

Follow These Steps To Determine The Property Tax For Your Home:

  1. Visit http://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/
  2. Enter property address in search box, and click on parcel number for details
  3. Scroll down to Valuation Information
  4. Find the “Assessed LPV”
  5. Divide “Assessed LPV” dollar amount by 100, then multiply that number by the $0.0763 rate

Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters beginning October 11. Voter registration closes on October 10 (County added a day, following the Columbus Day Holiday).

Since my last article, the County designated City Hall as a satellite voting site for this election. As a result the in-person voting dates have changed.

In-person replacement ballot voting and ballot drop-off NOW begins on October 28 – November 7, at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. That includes Saturday and Sunday voting. Voting hours on Election Day will be 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more detailed information about the projects, costs and voting process please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

General Obligation Bond Election 2017 – Traffic Congestion Mitigation Question

As I told you in August, my next few articles are designed to help educate voters on the November 7th General Obligation Bond Election. Registered voters will receive a ballot-by-mail to decide three bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. Last month, we reviewed the Public Safety Question, now let’s look at the projects under the $15.5 million Traffic Congestion Mitigation Question.

Waddell Road (SR 303 to Reems Rd)

Project Need: In 2007, the city commissioned an Arterial Capacity Study with goals to improve traffic safety and mitigate traffic congestion. This section of Waddell was identified in that study as being incomplete. With a little more than 16,000 vehicles travelling this road daily, it is currently at capacity.

If approved: This project will construct 4 additional travel lanes for a total of 6 lanes. Other improvements include a traffic signal at the Sarival intersection, bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping. This project builds out Waddell eliminating where two lanes merge into one. It also pays to relocate existing Maricopa Water District infrastructure and for right-of-way acquisition.

Project Cost: $7 million    Project timeline: Jan 2019 – Jan 2021

Greenway Road (Cotton Ln east to Sarival Ave)

Project Need: The city commissioned an Arterial Capacity Study in 2007 with goals to improve traffic safety and mitigate traffic congestion. This section of Greenway Rd was identified in the study as being incomplete. The single lanes along the south side of Greenway are over capacity with more than 21,000 vehicles per day.

If approved: This project will construct 2 additional travel lanes for a total of 4 lanes. Other improvements include bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping. This project builds out Greenway eliminating where two lanes merge into one. It also pays to relocate existing Maricopa Water District infrastructure and for right-of-way acquisition.

Project Cost: $5.1 million    Project timeline: Jan 2018 – Feb 2020

Litchfield Road (Waddell Rd to Peoria Ave)

Project Need: The city commissioned an Arterial Capacity Study in 2007 with goals to improve traffic safety and mitigate traffic congestion. This section of Litchfield Rd was identified in the study as being incomplete. With approximately 14,200 vehicles travelling this road daily, it is nearing capacity.

If approved: This project will construct 2 additional travel lanes for a total of 4 lanes. Other improvements include bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping. This project builds out Greenway eliminating where two lanes merge into one.

Project Cost: $3.4 million    Project timeline: Feb 2018 – Sep 2020

The Cost to You

GO Bonds are paid back via a secondary property tax. Any collections are required to be used to pay off the bond debt(s). Currently, the city does not have a secondary property tax. If any of the three proposed bond questions are voter approved, it would create a secondary property tax for the city.

Should the Traffic Congestion Mitigation question receive voter approval, the annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV) for an anticipated 22 years, or $0.1188 per $100 in Assessed LPV. That’s approximately $1.00 per month, or $0.03 per day.

Follow These Steps To Determine The Property Tax For Your Home:

  1. Visit http://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/
  2. Enter property address in search box, and click on parcel number for details
  3. Scroll down to Valuation Information
  4. Find the “Assessed LPV”
  5. Divide “Assessed LPV” dollar amount by 100, then multiply that number by the $0.1188 rate

For more detailed information about the projects please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise. You can also learn more about the costs and election information on that site. The city will schedule a series of public bond education meetings; those dates will be added to the website. Next month, we will explore the Pavement Preservation Question and costs. Don’t forget voter registration for this election closes on October 10!

General Obligation Bond Election 2017 – Public Safety Question

On November 7, 2017 all registered voters in Surprise will receive a ballot by mail, asking them to decide three General Obligation (GO) Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. Over the next three months, I will explore each of the three questions with you. Let’s begin with the projects listed in the $34 million Public Safety Question.

Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center (city-owned land at 134th & Foxfire drives)

Project Need: Current Police Evidence and Property facility (Litchfield Rd, north of Bell Rd) is at 85% – 90% storage capacity. Both Surprise Police and Fire-Medical are storing tactical gear at various locations, reducing efficiencies that translate to quick response.

If approved: Design and build a joint facility to support additional space for police evidence and property storage and accommodate overall public safety tactical storage in one logistics center. The overall facility at 29,000 SF is designed to accommodate 30 years of growth. Project Cost: $9 million Project timeline: Jan 2019 – May 2021

Police Training Facility (Litchfield Rd, north of Bell Rd)

Project Need: The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board requires 8 hrs of continuous education/ 8 hrs of proficiency training every year, per officer. Currently, Surprise Police do not have dedicated training space to meet some of the training requirements.

If approved: The existing 8,500 SF evidence/ property building will undergo an interior reconfiguration to accommodate space for defensive tactics and firearms simulation training, classroom, etc… This meets AZPOST’s proficiency training requirements.Project Cost: $1.9 million Project timeline: Jun 2020 – May 2022

Permanent Fire Station 304 (163rd Ave, south of Happy Valley Rd)

Project Need: Temporary FS 304 has been in operation for 14 years and has overextended its useful life, and will be unable to meet the needs of the nearly 18,000 homes that have been approved for its service area.

If approved: FS 304 will allow Surprise Fire-Medical to increase service levels, as growth dictates, to maintain adequate response times. This 18K SF permanent station will be designed with multiple bays to accommodate an Engine, Ladder Company, Ambulance and a Battalion Chief. Initially, the station will house the existing single engine and crew. Project Cost: $8.6 million Project timeline: Jan 2018 – Sep 2020

New Fire Station 308 (near SE Corner of Litchfield and Cactus roads)

Project Need: Last year, more than 90% of the calls for service in FS 308’s proposed service area were responded to by Surprise Fire Stations 305 & 307; and an El Mirage station. National standards recommend a 6 minute EMT response time/ 6 minute, 20 second fire response time. In 2006, FS 305’s average response time in this service area was 6 minutes, 47 seconds (FS 307: 7 min and 35 sec; El Mirage 7 min and 33 sec.)

If approved: Building FS 308 will lessen the burden on FS 305, the busiest city station in 2016, and reduce travel distance for emergency responders in the new 308 service area. At 14K SF, 308 will house an Engine Co, Hazardous Materials Response Team and future ambulance. Staff will include the addition of 3 captains, 3 engineers, 9 firefighters, and 1support staff. Project Cost: $7.1 million Project timeline: Jan 2018 – Feb 2020

Land for future Fire Station, Police Substation & Park (in southwest Surprise)

Project Need: The city is currently updating the Public Safety Master Plan, which has identified the need for an additional fire station/ police substation in the southwestern region of the city to meet future needs. As new development is already underway, the city wants to secure land while still available at today’s price.

If approved: This project would allow the city to secure 16 acres of land for a future Fire Station, Police Substation, and Community Park for residential use. The purchase of SW Surprise land in advance of the need ensures the capability to provide the highest level of service when demand warrants. Project Cost: $3 million Project timeline: Jan 2018 – Jul 2019

Public Works (PW) Operations Facility (Cactus & Litchfield roads)

Project Need: Currently, PW operations are located at three sites across Surprise that have either overextended their useful life or are inefficient to meet today’s service needs. The Street Maintenance/Solid Waste Facility (134th & Foxfire drives), is overcrowded and over-programmed raising efficiency & safety concerns. Fleet Maintenance (Dysart Rd, north of Grand Ave), is not large enough to perform maintenance on large fire apparatus indoors.

If approved: The facility will consolidate PW operations into one facility to support street maintenance, trash/recycling, traffic signal and citywide vehicle fleet operations. Capable of meeting the next 25 years of growth, this 44K SF project supports public safety and city fleet maintenance and assists with Public Safety storage by vacating space at 134th and Foxfire drives (future site for the Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center). Design/ build costs are approximately $12 million. The city has $7.2 million in impact fees and $200,000 in solid waste fees to cover the majority of the cost. The remaining $4.4 million requires bond approval by the voters. Project timeline: Jan 2018 – Jul 2020

The Cost to You

GO Bonds are paid back via a secondary property tax. Any collections are required to be used to pay off the bond debt(s). Currently the city does not have a secondary property tax. If any of the three proposed bond questions are voter approved, it would create a secondary property tax for the city.

Should the Public Safety question receive voter approval, the annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV) for an anticipated 22 years, or $0.2623 per $100 in Assessed LPV. That’s approximately $2.16 per month, or $0.07 per day.

Follow These Steps To Determine The Property Tax For Your Home:

  1. Visit http://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/
  2. Enter property address in search box, and click on parcel number for details
  3. Scroll down to Valuation Information
  4. Find the “Assessed LPV”
  5. Divide “Assessed LPV” dollar amount by 100, then multiply that number by the $0.2623 rate

For more detailed information about the projects, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise. You can also learn more about the costs and election information on that site. The city will schedule a series of public bond education meetings; those dates will be added to the website. Next month, we will explore the Traffic Congestion Mitigation projects and costs. Until then be well my friends.

It’s time to Decide Surprise as Council sends 3 bond questions for Nov ballot

At their June 6th Regular Meeting, City Council approved sending three General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation to the ballot in a Special Election on November 7, 2017. All registered voters in Surprise will receive a ballot by mail.

Residents are invited to learn more about the projects, costs and voter information at a specialized website Decide Surprise www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

The projects included in the following questions were based on community needs, comments received from residents during the 2016 bond election outreach process, and input received during and after the Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee’s April 19 meeting.

Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $34 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build  a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize  operations. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $15.5 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

General Obligation Bonds are sold to investors who are repaid with interest. The repayment comes from a secondary property tax, which Surprise does not currently have.   If all three questions are approved, the annual secondary property tax could be up to $46 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value, or approximately $4 per month.  ($92 per $200,000 in Limited Property Value, or approximately $8 per month).  You can determine the exact cost to your property by following the steps listed at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the November 7 Special Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Voter registration for this election closes on October 9. You can register online by visiting:  https://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/registrationform.aspx, or stop by the Surprise City Clerk’s Office in person Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.