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District 2 Update – April 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Welcome to April! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains essential city updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1322. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

Council Conversations Show

Tuesday, February 23, I had the pleasure of hosting my first Council Conversations show. I interviewed Human Service & Community Vitality Director Seth Dyson about what types of assistance are available at the Surprise Resource Center, including rent and utility help! You can view the conversation on my website at d2.surpriseaz.gov.

Councilmember Cline speaks with Human Service and Community Vitality director, Seth Dyson.

State of the City Video Premiere

The 2021 State of the City will be presented as a video premiere on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. Join us as as we reflect on the resilience of our community and look forward to what’s on the horizon. Watch LIVE online at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.

Salvation Army Fundraiser Golf Tournament

A golf club head is lined up with a golf ball on top of a tee.The Salvation Army is hosting a Northwest Valley Corps Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Arizona Traditions. Check-in starts at 7:00 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start in a scramble format. The cost is $75.00 per person or $300 for a foursome. All proceeds will benefit social services and the food pantry. If you’re not a golfer, please consider volunteering to help or donating prizes. To register, please contact Fred Folder at 714-420-9886 or Frederick.folden.jr@usw.salvationarmy.org

Miller Massage Therapy Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Cline prepare to cut a grand opening ribbon in front of Miller Message Therapy.On February 26, Mayor Hall and I attended a grand opening ribbon cutting for Miller Massage Therapy, located at 17100 W Clearview Blvd., at Cimarron in Sun City Grand. Congratulations to Nicole Miller, owner of Miller Massage Therapy, in celebrating their second office location in Surprise.

Important Information for Southwest Gas Customers

Southwest Gas is transforming their customer information system from the ground up on Monday, May 3, 2021, to provide an improved customer experience along with enhanced security. For important information on how this will impact you and the way your account will be serviced, please visit www.swgas.com/new4u. The site will provide regular updates and tools to help you navigate the new system.

Drop-off Recycling

Surprise residents can drop-off clean/dry acceptable recyclable materials at the Public Works Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Accepted materials are:

  • Plastic bottles #1 and #2 (including milk gallons, soda bottles, condiment bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles, and detergent containers)
    Please be sure to screw all lids on the bottles or remove them completely
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

A city staff member will be available to help sort recyclable materials and ensure that the recyclables are not contaminated.

Budget Update

The city kicked off the Fiscal Year 2022 budget building process on February 2. At the February 16 Council Work Session, Council received an overview on Budget Revenues. The chart below shows Citywide revenues and the percentages that they make up out of the whole budget.

A pie chart showing Citywide revenues and the percentages that they make up out of the FY21 budget.

One area of this revenue pie chart that is often talked about is property tax. The City of Surprise has a Primary Property tax rate of $0.7591 (per $100 Assessed LPV), which is a tax levy used for general government operations and a Secondary Property Tax rate of $0.3880, which is a voter-approved tax levy limited to pay for General Obligation (GO) bonds. It is also important to note that the majority of the primary property tax rate that is collected by the County goes to entities other than the City of Surprise. Below is a graphic that represents the property tax distribution.

A graphic representing property tax distribution.

There was also a presentation on citywide budget expenses at the March 2 City Council Work Session. Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include presentations related to department operation budget development. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by Council and public review. The final budget adoption is scheduled for June 1. Fiscal Year 2022 begins July 1, 2021.

To watch past budget presentations, please visit Surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Meet & Greet

Join me Monday, April 26, at Sun City Grand Café, 19781 N. Remington Drive at 6 p.m. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

District 2 Update – March 2021

Greetings District 2 residents! Welcome to March! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important city updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1322. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

“Keep it beautiful, Surprise” Campaign

Keep it beautiful, Surprise!Help spread the word about keeping our beloved community clean. The “Keep it beautiful, Surprise” campaign consists of videos, social ads and a webpage with information on how you can get involved! Please also consider volunteering at the upcoming Surprise Day of Service on March 20 at 8 a.m. To register, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please visit the Surprise Day of Service webpage.

Spring Training

Spring Training has begun! MLB has approved our Capacity and COVID mitigation plan, which includes social distancing, seating pods, limited capacity of about 25%, and increased safety and sanitization protocols. For ticket information and a schedule of game times, please visit surprisestadium.com.

Speed Limits in Surprise

The City of Surprise has a Street Speed Limit Map where you can easily view the speed limits of our streets. The map can be found on the surpriseaz.gov website here. Speed limits are established based on careful examination of all the factors affecting safe driving in that stretch of roadway.

A New Leaf West Valley VITA Program

The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. The program will be available until April 15 at the Surprise Resource Center and April 14 at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623-222-1600. For additional information click here.

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Community Legal Services

Community Legal Services is proud to offer Lunchtime Law Lessons every Friday on a variety of topics. Every session is a Zoom Virtual Workshop. Click here to register and join Legal Staff for live No-Cost workshops!

March 5 – Consumer Law and Federal Student Loan updates

Library Services for Veterans

Maricopa County Library District is offering library services for Veterans. Brainfuse VetNow is an online platform that offers a testing & education reference center, live online veteran navigator, live resume and interview coaching, and Book-A-Librarian, just to name a few! Click here for more information.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greets:

Upcoming Events

  • National Community Survey coming soon – What do you love about living in Surprise? The National Community Survey will be mailed to select households this month and offered online to the community at large beginning in mid-March. Details will be provided at www.surpriseaz.gov when they become available.
  • Surprise Progress Magazine – Free. Check out what is happening in Surprise!
    Progress Magazine Winter 2021 (surpriseaz.gov)

District 2 Update – February 2021

Greetings Sun City Grand and District 2 residents! My name is Aly Cline, and I am your new District 2 representative. I was sworn in on January 5th, and I am so proud to be your voice on the Surprise City Council. One of the things I am most looking forward to as your District 2 representative is hearing from you! Please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623.222.1322. Already, I have heard from some of my constituents with questions regarding the second government stimulus payment. The IRS has a “Get My Payment” tool on their website that can be used to find out if/when you will be receiving a payment. Visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment, then select the “Get My Payment” button. Please continue to reach out with any other questions or concerns you might have.

Here’s a little information about me: I have been an active volunteer in the City for the last 11 years, as a representative on the Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission, as a volunteer coach for the City’s Parks and Recreation department, and participating in leadership for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life . I am also a lifetime member, board member, and volunteer for Friends of the Surprise Libraries Inc. I am passionate about women and minorities in business, veterans issues, education and literacy.

Please keep an eye on my website, D2.Surpriseaz.gov, for information on my Community Meetings, as I will be reaching out to residents on a regular basis. My first virtual Meet and Greet via Zoom will be on February 10 at 10 a.m. I hope you can join me as I provide city updates and answer any questions that you might have.

Zoom Meeting information:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9089130407?pwd=a3dSVE5IOXJKNzIvN0tXSm8zRmpVQT09
Meeting ID: 908 913 0407
Passcode: BOOKS

There are many great things planned this month in the City of Surprise! Please see the list below and visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov for more information.

  • Valentine’s Day is this month, and the Senior Center is hosting a virtual Valentine’s Day Canvas Decorating party! On February 12 at 9 a.m. Senior Center Members can create a love-inspired canvas using everyday household items. To reserve your canvas, call 623.222.1500.
  • If you are looking for a way to help your community, I encourage you to participate in the Surprise Day of Service on February 20 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Food Bank, located at 13050 W Elm St. To volunteer, please call 623.222.1522.
  • Would you like to learn more about the City of Surprise? The Surprise City Academy is going virtual on February 22. This great program gives you an opportunity to learn about the City from the Mayor, Councilmembers, City Manager and upper level city staff. The Surprise City Academy is free to attend, but you must be registered. You can learn more at surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy.
  • A virtual AZ Humanities Speaker series begins on February 23 at 11 a.m. “For the Love of Turquoise” by Carrie Cannon. For registration information, please call Arts & Cultural Advisory Commissioner Kathie Morgan at 623.594.3963
  • And last, but certainly not least, Spring Training at Surprise Stadium starts February 27! For the latest updates, please visit surprisestadium.com.

As a reminder, City Council meetings are still closed to in-person attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but meetings can be viewed live on Surprise TV, or on Cox channel 11 and CenturyLink channel 8513. Instructions for how to comment during a meeting are included on meeting agendas.

I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day and a wonderful February!

Mayor and Councilmembers in Districts 2, 3 & 4 sworn in

The first Regular City Council Meeting of the New Year included the swearing-in ceremonies for mayor and three councilmembers. 

Skip Hall was sworn in as Mayor after winning the seat in the August Primary Election. He previously served as Mayor by appointment, following a mayoral resignation in November 2018. 

Newly elected Councilmember Aly Cline was sworn in as District 2 Councilmember.

Re-elected Councilmember Patrick Duffy was sworn into office to serve District 3.  

Re-elected Councilmember Ken Remley took the oath of office to serve District 4.

Each elected official was sworn in to a four-year term. 

District 5 Councilmember Jack Hastings was sworn into office in November, per state law, after defeating an appointed councilmember for that district in the August Primary Election. He will serve a two-year term.

For more information about each of the councilmembers, please visit their websites: 

https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov
https://d2.surpriseaz.gov
https://d3.surpriseaz.gov
https://d4.surpriseaz.gov
https://d5.surpriseaz.gov

Council will select a Vice Mayor at the next regular Council meeting, scheduled for January 19 at 6 p.m. City Council meetings are televised on Surprise TV and streamed live on the internet at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.