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District 2 Update – November 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! 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 follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

Friends of the Surprise Libraries Ribbon Cutting

Friday, October 8, Mayor Hall and Council Members Cline, Judd, and Hastings joined the Friends of the Surprise Libraries for a ribbon cutting! Joanne Heim, Board Member of Friends of the Surprise Libraries, hosted the ribbon cutting in honor of their newly renovated area at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. Congratulations on your next chapter!

West Nile Virus

Fight the Bite logoMaricopa County Vector Control has established a West Nile virus hotline. Residents may call 602.506.0700 and select from the following menu:

  • Option 1: Report stagnant water, a green pool, mosquito problems or receive fogging notifications.
  • Option 2: Mosquito related disease and info/assistance
  • Option 3: Current ground fogging schedule
  • Option 4: Info on mosquito eating fish or reach the Environmental Services Dept.

You can also file an online “Environmental Services Complaint Form” with Maricopa County. Here is a link to their education campaign: maricopa.gov/1746/West-Nile-Virus

The Learning Experience

On September 29, myself along with Mayor Hall and Council Members Chris Judd and Ken Remley, joined The Learning Experience for a Ribbon Cutting! Located at 15351 W. Cactus Rd., the Learning Experience Director Heather Turner and Asst. Director Carrie Mikeworth held the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening. Welcome to Surprise!

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on November 7 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train, and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are January 23, February 13, and April 3.

Mobile Home Depot Ribbon Cutting

On Wednesday, October 13, I joined Mayor Hall and Council Member Ken Remley for the Mobile Home Depot ribbon cutting! District Manager Denis Godin hosted the ceremony in honor of Mobile Home Depot opening in Spring of 2021, located at 13033 W Grand Ave, Surprise, AZ 85374. Thank you for choosing Surprise as your home!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Cline and Councilmember Remley join Mobile Home Depot for a ribbon cutting.

2021 Surprise SciTech Festival

Surprise SciTech FestivalHave fun with science and technology at the Surprise SciTech Festival on November 6, presented by the City of Surprise! This FREE, fun-filled educational event features interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibits and demonstrations. It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. For more information on the event, please visit surpriseaz.gov/scitech.

Care and Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. This community event creates connections to human service organizations as well as disability, veteran, and health resources. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Woman of the Year

Judge Elizabeth Finn, of Glendale, AZ.On October 5, I attended the West Valley Women Networking Association’s 2021 Woman of the Year Celebration. This year’s Woman of the year was Judge Elizabeth Finn, of Glendale, AZ. Businesswomen and women from all walks of life are members of West Valley Women Networking Association, and join West Valley Women for career and personal development at monthly meetings.

Councilmember Cline at the West Valley Women Networking Association’s 2021 Woman of the Year CelebrationThe organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community. Members share information, ideas and contacts. Networking at meetings engages members who establish friendships, promote advocacy, share information and opportunities.

Best of the West

On Thursday, October 21, along with Mayor and Council, I attended the Best of the West Awards dinner, which was held at State Farm Stadium. This event, hosted by WESTMARC, recognizes exceptional contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy here in the West Valley. This Awards Dinner is the signature event of the West Valley with a rich history of celebrating outstanding accomplishments and impacts to quality of life, economic development, innovation and leadership.

G.A.I.N Night

Councilmember Cline wearing a Cat in the Hat costume poses with children at Surprise G.A.I.N. night.Saturday, October 23, I attended this family-friendly event at Mark Coronado Park, which brought the community together! It was a great turnout with trick or treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, and public safety displays. Thank you Surprise Police Department and Parks and Recreation for hosting such a wonderful event!

Hyundai Grand Re-Opening

Thursday, October 21, I joined Mayor Hall, Councilmember Ken Remley and Ken Garff Hyundai for a ribbon cutting! General Manager Peter Pasiakos hosted the ceremony in honor of the grand re-opening of the dealership located at 12925 N. Autoshow Ave. Ken Garff Hyundai also presented Mayor with 300 Hygiene Kits to hand out at the Surprise Care+Share Expo being held on November 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Just Be Youtiful Women’s Boutique

Monday, October 25, Mayor Hall, Council Member Chris Judd and I joined Just Be Youtiful Boutique for a ribbon cutting! Owner Kym Stutzman hosted the ceremony in honor of Just Be Youtiful Boutique’s grand opening, located at 15332 W. Bell Rd. Suite #135! Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Dependent Scholarship Winners

The City would like to recognize Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards! The first place award of $3,000 will go to Alexis, the daughter of Randy Rody (Police Department). The second place award of $1,500 will go to Alina, the daughter of Leonid Bozhko (Information Technology). Congratulations to both winners!

Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko are recognized in the city council chambers as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards.

Dysart School Parks Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, October 29, the Dysart School District hosted a ribbon cutting event, in coordination with the City, to announce the opening of their elementary school fields and playgrounds in Surprise to the public, after school hours and on weekends. It was great to be there to celebrate with Mayor Hall and other members of council.

Block Party Trailer

City of Surprise Block Party logoThe City of Surprise is committed to building quality neighborhoods, and what better way to get to know your neighbors than by throwing a party! The Neighborhood Services Division offers free rentals of its Block Party Trailer. The trailer comes equipped with everything you will need to get your Block Party started, including:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • PA system and music
  • Generator
  • Canopy tents
  • Coolers
  • Sports equipment
  • Games
  • City information

City staff will deliver the trailer and be present during the event. You can also receive a Block Party Information Packet, which includes flyers and posters to help spread the word about your party. We’ll even help cover costs for refreshments and a bouncy house (the inflatable domes that children love to jump around in) or similar family-friendly entertainment! Submit receipts for up to $150 to help pay for local merchants’ select party amenities, including family entertainment. To book the block party trailer, go to surpriseaz.gov/blockparty.

The Surprise block party trailer and a bounce house.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 2 p.m., November 12 at Arizona Traditions in the ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. and 6 p.m. on November 23 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are November 2 and 16 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – October 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! 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 follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

The Toast Craft Kitchen & Cocktails Ribbon Cutting

We welcomed The Toast Craft Kitchen & Cocktails to Surprise on September 15 at their official ribbon cutting. The Toast Craft Kitchen is located at 17058 W. Bell Rd., Suite 104. Congratulations to owners David and Emily Bromm! We wish you the best of luck on your much-anticipated restaurant!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Cline and Jeanine Jerkovic join owners and employees in front of The Toast.

October Day of Service

Show your community pride by participating in a day of community service on October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., before venturing out to various cleanup and beautification projects across the city. Projects will run until approximately noon. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan

Do you want a choice of safe and reliable options to get around the Valley of the Sun? From September 13 – October 13, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is asking for your input and review of the MOMENTUM 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program, and 2021 MAG Conformity Analysis. More details here: azmag.gov/Newsroom/Public-Notices

Ottawa Football Game Recognition

Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4. Ottawa wanted to spotlight its partnership with the City of Surprise during halftime by recognizing Mayor and Council, who support the partnership.

Surprise City Council receives recognition from Ottawa University.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Women4Women

The number of homeless and low-income women increases each year in our community. Many require the use of feminine hygiene products each month, the cost of which is not covered by SNAP (food stamps) and too expensive for many to afford. Women4Women believes these items should be available to those who need them; helping homeless and low-income women maintain their dignity, self-respect, and health. 20 women from a local chapter of Women4Women came together to help package feminine hygiene products at WHAM on September 13. In one hour, the team put together over 100 bags! These items are distributed through Surprise Resource Center, the Surprise Police Department and Crisis Support teams.

Fire Station 308

Construction is complete on Fire Station 308, located on the south side of Cactus Road, east of Litchfield Road, and the station is operational today. Fire Station 308 is approximately 16,000 square feet with four bays for fire apparatus. It houses an Engine Company and Hazardous Materials Response Team – an essential component due to the station’s proximity to the city’s industrial district. The station is designed to provide training specific to responses to hazardous materials emergencies and has room for a future ambulance.

Arizona Fall League

Arizona Fall League logoThe month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 14, at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Click here for schedule and pricing bit.ly/2XOn0dj

G.A.I.N Night

Surprise G.A.I.N. Night flyerSurprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). This free, interactive community event is Saturday, October 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park – 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, a Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, public safety displays by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical, and so much more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on October 17 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are November 7, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

Coffee with Vets

If you are a veteran, thank you for your service. Join me for Coffee with a Vet on Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be free coffee and bagels at the Surprise Resource Center at 12425 W. Bell Rd. Meet other vets, enjoy comradarie and take advantage of resources that assist our veterans!

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m., October 26 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are October 5 and 19 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

Future Meet & Greet Changes

  • Beginning October 26 my meet and greets at Sun City Grand will be moving to Tuesday nights in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr.
  • November Arizona Traditions meet and greet will now be on Friday, November 12 at 2 p.m. in the Ballroom. Epcor and Surprise Water will be there to answer questions and of course, coffee and doughnuts will be provided!

District 2 Update – July 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! 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.

Conserving Water

The City of Surprise offers water conservation education to help our residents find ways to conserve water. Did you know that 70% of residential water use occurs outdoors? One simple way you can help conserve water is by checking for leaks outdoors every month. If you would like to learn other ways to conserve water, the city of Surprise and EPCOR water have partnered to provide a Hydrate the Valley Series, which you can view on the City’s website at surpriseaz.gov/WaterConservation.

Vetlink Foundation

Vetlink Foundation offers “Coffee with Vets” on the last Saturday of every month, beginning at 9 a.m. at the city of Surprise AZ TechCelerator, located at 12425 W. Bell Road. This is a free event for veterans to socialize, connect and share with other veterans. Each event has a guest speaker who will discuss a veteran-related topic. RSVP by calling 623.303.4355. Vetlink Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect veterans and their families with free services and opportunities. I recently had the opportunity to donate some of my discretionary funds to this great organization!

Councilmember Clines gives a donation to the Vetlink Foundation.

Surprise FY 2022 Budget Approved

Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2022 City Budget on June 1. The budget is focused on maintaining our current level of service as the City continues to see steady growth and focuses on the Council’s commitment to maintaining quality public services and infrastructure. This budget includes 25.5 full-time positions in the General Fund and eight new employees in water, sewer, sanitation, and sports and tourism to address the City’s growth. Also included in the budget are operational costs for new capital projects such as Countryside Park and Fire Station 308; and services such as the Maricopa County Library contract. Additionally, the adopted budget includes 121.5 million for planned Capital Improvement Projects. Additional details and information on the City’s budget are always available on our website at surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Heat Relief Stations

The city of Surprise is a Heat Relief Network partner. The City provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months. Listed below are the city’s Heat Relief stations:

  • Surprise Resource Center, Refuge & hydration – 12425 W. Bell Rd, Building A, Suite 124
  • Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301, Hydration – 16750 N. Village Drive East
  • The Salvation Army, Refuge & hydration – 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd

You can help those in need of relief by donating water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire Medical Station #301. Please also remember, Hot Cars Can Kill! The Surprise Police want to remind you to:

  1. Never leave a child alone in a car
  2. Check for kids, pets, and vulnerable persons before you lock your vehicle
  3. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle

Share the Road

An infographic showing bicyclist, pedestrians and vehicles sharing the road.Traffic laws can vary from state to state regarding rights-of-way, and I have heard from some of my constituents regarding concerns of speeding and drivers not yielding to people in crosswalks. Sun City Grand recently published some information regarding roadway safety in their “News of the Day” newsletter. I have included this information below as a reminder to please share the road!

Sun City Grand Speed Limits: 
Sunrise Blvd, Clearview Blvd, Goldwater Ridge, Mountain View Blvd: 35 mph | Residential Areas: 25 mph

Vehicles – Four-Way Stops/Crosswalks – Right of Way:

  1. Except as provided in Arizona Revised Statutes section 28-793, subsection B, if traffic control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be in order to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave any curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
  2. If a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of another vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

*Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation making it a crime to park a vehicle so that enough of a sidewalk is blocked to prevent someone using a wheelchair from passing.

Walkers, Runners, Joggers:
Walkers and runners, keep your eyes and ears open and move over to allow cyclists to pass safely. If wearing headphones, please have them lowered to a volume that you can hear others when approaching. Runners should signal walkers similar to cyclists when passing.

Bicyclists:
Arizona does not have a statute that specifically prohibits the operation of a bicycle upon a sidewalk (Ariz. Rev. Stat. Article 28-904;28-101). Therefore, cyclists should keep their eyes and ears open for walkers, runners, and vehicles. In addition, cyclists should alert when passing walkers and runners by yelling, “passing on your left (or right)!” Please remember to be cautious of pedestrians and move out of the way to give pedestrians the right of way.

  • Although it is not a law, emergency officials urge all bicyclists to wear a helmet.
  • Follow all traffic signs and rules of the road.
  • If you’re riding at night, use a front & rear light.
  • Use hand signals when turning.
  • Avoid busy streets when possible.

Golf Carts:
Golf carts operate as vehicles; same laws apply. In addition, golf carts are to be operated in public streets by those who have a valid driver’s license. Children, teens, and adults without a valid license are not allowed to operate a golf cart in public streets. If you notice any violators of the safety laws permitted by the Arizona State Legislature, which are supported by the city of Surprise and Sun City Grand, please contact the Surprise Police Department at 623.222.4000, or 911 for an emergency.

Surprise Judges Reappointed

Congratulations to Surprise City Court Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez and Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau. Council has reappointed them to new 4-year terms beginning July 1. Thanks to both judges for their continued service to the city of Surprise!

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be July 26 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room 19781 N. Remington Dr. from 6-8 pm. I have also added a 2nd meeting on July 30 at Arizona Traditions in the classroom at 17221 N. Citrus Dr. from 10-11:30 am. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is August 17 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – June 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Welcome to June! 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.

Veterans Services

The U.S. flagVeterans, service members, and their families now have a new place to access resources, support, and assistance in the West Valley. The City of Surprise is proud to offer the West Valley Veteran Success Center a new home within the Surprise Resource Center at the AZ TechCelerator Campus, located at 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124. The center includes various military and veteran support services and resources, made possible by the generous support of partner organizations and all West Valley cities. For more information on the West Valley Veteran Success Center, call 623.222.1658 or visit the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov/veterans.

Rent and Utility Assistance

The Surprise and El Mirage Community Action Program (CAP) has a new online portal to apply for rental and utility assistance. Please visit http://hsdclientportal.maricopa.gov/ to complete a pre-screening assessment. Those needing assistance with the online process can call 623.222.4673. Eligibility restrictions apply. https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3549/Community-Action-Program-CAP.

Prescription Drop-off Box

The City of Surprise Police Department has a prescription drug collection bin in its lobby for easy disposal of unwanted drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The focus of this program is to provide a safe location for individuals to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications and ultimately reduce the likelihood of these medications falling into the hands of children and teens. Visit the link below for more information:
https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3359/RX-Drug-Drop-off

We Care Program

We Care is an automated system designed to call a senior or homebound person once a day to check on their welfare. If the daily call is not answered, an automatic alert is sent, and officers from Surprise Police or Citizens Patrol will be sent to the home to check on the individual. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, you can submit an online application at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/WeCare, and Surprise Citizen Patrol will contact you to schedule a required home visit and interview.

Lock Box Program & Vial of Life

The Lock Box program allows first responders to have quick and safe access to your home in the event of an emergency. Using a lockbox on the exterior of your home, the fire department can use a unique key to open the lockbox and access your house key. Having a lockbox can add precious lifesaving minutes during an emergency and also saves on property damage. To find out more about this program, please visit surpriseaz.gov/fire or call 623.222.5000.

In addition, if you stop by our Surprise Fire Medical Administration office, located at 14250 W. Statler Plz., Suite 101, you can pick up a Vial of Life. The Vial of Life contains a medical emergency information form that should be filled out, put back in the vial, and stored in your refrigerator for safekeeping. A sticker that comes in the vial can be placed on your refrigerator to alert first responders that you have this information available. The Vial of Life is designed to provide important medical and emergency information to first responders when you cannot. While you are there, you can also pick up a Pet Finder window sticker that alerts first responders to the pets in your home!

Free Hot Showers

Free showers are available every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at the Salvation Army in Surprise, 17420 N. Ave of the Arts, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Food, medical care, haircutting, and pet care resources are also available. This program is made possible by Church of the Palms, Salvation Army, and the City of Surprise. Call 623.222.1600 for more information.

EPCOR Water

Customer Assistance Programs graphicEPCOR Water offers customer assistance programs for low-income customers, deployed military and disabled military veterans. If you or someone you know can benefit from this program, you can read more at https://www.epcor.com/products-services/water/rate-cases-usa/water-rate-review/Pages/customer-assistance-programs.aspx

Water Wise

Surprise Water Resource Management logoYou may have heard talk in the news media recently about the Colorado River and a potential shortage declaration. The Western United States, including Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area, has been experiencing a drought for more than 20 years, with an official drought declaration in June 1999. Drought is a normal occurrence in the southwest desert. However, as the drought in the Colorado River Basin continues to extend, the Lower Basin states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada along with Mexico may face reductions in their Colorado River water deliveries through a “Tier 1” declaration by the Bureau of Reclamation.

What does this mean for Surprise water customers? A Tier 1 shortage declaration will not affect Surprise’s water allocation or its deliveries to customers. Although there will be no immediate impact on municipal water supplies, Surprise remains committed to water resource management and water conservation measures. Shortage on the Colorado River does not mean shortage for Surprise’s customers at the tap. Being efficient with water has been part of our long-term water management strategy, and our water conservation program provides resources to assist customers.

Furthermore, Surprise is not directly delivering its Colorado River allocation. Instead, we use our Central Arizona Project (CAP) water allocation to recharge the aquifer, storing water for future groundwater pumping. As always, water users must follow water-efficient practices to protect our precious resources. Learn more about drought and how it affects Surprise water customers on our Drought Resiliency and Preparedness website: surpriseaz.gov/droughtmgmt

You may be wondering how you can save water. Here are some water-saving tips:

  • Visit Surprise’s water conservation page surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation for water-saving guides, tips, and advice.
  • Surprise customers can track their water use through a WaterSmart portal and use real-time tracking to establish a water use baseline and set leak alerts. Customers can access the WaterSmart portal through the “pay my bill” option on Surprise’s Utility Billing website surpriseaz.gov/WaterBill.
    WaterSmart logo

Passport Services Resume

United States passports.Passport services return to Surprise City Hall by appointment only. Regular business hours for passports will be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office. City staff can accept applications for first-time passport books and passport cards and review paperwork for renewals. They do not offer passport photos, so be sure to have your photos with you at your appointment. To make an appointment or for questions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/passport or call the City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200.

Surprise Property Tax Rate

A PowerPoint slide displaying primary property taxes for Surprise.We’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property value, plus the secondary property tax rate (from the voter-approved 2017 GO Bond) of $0.3880 per $100 of assessed property value. These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to a rise in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

   Current Rate  Current Levy  Proposed Rate  Proposed Levy  
 Property Tax          
 Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,135,500 $0.7591 $9,974,200 Per $100 assessed value
 Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $4,669,500 $0.3880 $5,098,200 Per $100 assessed value

Surprise Retail Survey Results

The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5, and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results! The City uses the survey data to identify the City’s retail strengths and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Select survey insights are listed below. The full results are available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

2021 Retail Survey Results summary

Meet & Greet

Join me Wednesday, June 9 for a virtual meeting or June 28 at Sun City Grand Café, 19781 N. Remington Dr., at 6 p.m. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is June 15 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.