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All the latest news from the City of Surprise District 2

City begins FY19 budget discussions

The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2019 budget-building process kicked off at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 6.

This was the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. The first presentation provided a general overview of the city’s budget, including revenue sources, city funds and expenditures.

The presentation also highlighted outside issues that influence the outcomes of the budget process. View presentation.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development, including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by months of Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2019 budget in June. FY2019 begins July 1, 2018.

Council agendas are posted online at http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Council appoints Nancy Hayden to serve District 2

The Surprise City Council appointed Nancy Hayden to serve as the councilmember for District 2 (D2), at their Tuesday Regular Meeting.

Hayden immediately took the Oath of Office and joined the council for the remainder of the meeting.

The seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden December 20, 2017.

In all, six applicants were interviewed by the council in a January 23rd Special Meeting. You can watch the applicant interviews here.

Nancy Hayden has lived in Sun City Grand 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.

You can read the complete candidate applications here, listed in order in which they were received by the City Clerk.

Hayden’s appointment term will end December 31, 2018. The candidate that wins the August 28 Primary Election will then serve out the remaining two years of the four-year term, beginning January 1, 2019.

D2 includes the following neighborhoods: Sun City Grand, Bell West Ranch and portions of Arizona Traditions.

For more information about the August election visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2018election.

D2 Councilmember signing

Public input online for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

All comments submitted to the City Clerk during the public input period, January 23 – January 30, have been posted to www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.

The applicants (read complete applications) listed below were interviewed by the City Council at the January 23rd Special Council Meeting. You can watch the interviews here).

Nancy Hayden

Alyson Cline

Robert Estep

Susan deJong

Wendell V. Fountain

Glenn L. Stark

The District 2 seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment at their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, at City Hall.

Public input opens for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

The public input period for the applicants seeking the District 2 Council appointment is open through Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m.

The District 2 seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

Public comments can be received by:

  • E-mail (clerk@surpriseaz.gov)
  • Hand-delivered written responses to the City Clerk
  • By mail (ATTN: City Clerk, Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374)

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

Nancy Hayden

Alyson Cline

Robert Estep

Susan deJong

Wendell V. Fountain

Glenn L. Stark

You can watch the applicant interviews here: https://surpriseaz.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=31&clip_id=4869

Note: Brian Eichelberger had applied, but withdrew his application before the interviews.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment at their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, at City Hall.

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

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.

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.

Council oks FY18 budget that maintains services & property tax rate

The Surprise City Council approved a $275.8 million Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, at a Special Meeting Tuesday night.

The budget maintains existing city services and identifies creative options to maximize some resources.

That includes securing outside revenue sources and reallocating the operating budget to provide new positions that address public safety, water and inspection demands.  Two public safety grants (SAFER Grant and COPS Hiring Program) will partially fund a five-member Fire-Medical Peak Time Response Unit and two police officers, focused on community policing, through 2019.

This budget maintains the city’s current property tax rate of $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property valuation. Due to new construction and higher property valuations, as assessed by Maricopa County that would generate approximately $380,100 in new money. The primary property tax levy is set to support the uses of the General Fund and provides a more diversified revenue system that protects city services.

The budget also dedicates $49.8 million to support the city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is used to maintain, preserve, and/or replace city infrastructure. This includes funding for pavement preservation of city streets, vehicle replacement and aging communications, information technology, recreation and utility infrastructure.

There are also a number of financial policy revisions regarding the level at which Council adopts the budget, who can amend the budget, minimum fund balances for the new Stormwater and Workers’ Compensation funds, and clearer definition of the reserves and their potential uses in the General Fund to strengthen the city’s financial position.

Council will vote to set the property tax levy and revise the financial policies at their June 20 Council Meeting.

The FY18 Budget will be available at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.