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District 2 Update – May 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Welcome to May! 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.

Ottawa Tour

Councilmember Cline, Councilmember Hastings, Ottawa's president, Dennis Tyner, and new Vice President of Advancement, Todd Simpson.Councilmember Jack Hastings and I had the opportunity to tour the Ottawa campus and meet with their president, Dennis Tyner, and new Vice President of Advancement, Todd Simpson. Ottawa University is a great partner for the City of Surprise with such a beautiful campus and facilities. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to sit down and hear from their leadership.

City Hall Re-opens!

As of Monday, April 12, Surprise City Hall and other city administrative buildings have been re-open to the public. Additionally, City Council meetings and all board and commissions meetings are now re-open to in-person attendance.

Surprise’s Face Covering Mandate Lifted

Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face-covering mandate in Surprise. You can read the full proclamation here.

Please note that based on the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06, there are some exceptions.

The city retains the right to set and enforce mitigation policies in our city government buildings and public transportation. Wearing of face coverings/masks is recommended within city facilities, with the exception of Surprise City Court, where they are required.

Per the Governor’s order, private Businesses may institute and enforce face-covering policies and retain the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with their policies.

Per federal mandate, face coverings are still required while riding public transportation.

Day of Service at St. Mary’s Food Bank

Councilmember Cline presents a check for $1000 to St. Mary's Food Bank.The City of Surprise hosted a Day of Service volunteer event on Wednesday, March 31, at St. Mary’s Food Bank located at 13050 W. Elm Street. Not only did I have the pleasure of volunteering, but I also presented St. Mary’s Food Bank with a $1,000 check. Thank you, St. Mary’s Food Bank, for helping feed hungry families throughout Phoenix and nine Arizona counties.

Surprise Retail Survey

The 2021 Surprise Retail Survey is now open! Tell us what shopping and dining establishments you want to see in Surprise – plus, vote for current favorites so we can recognize the local businesses you love! Take the survey now: surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey

Property Maintenance Ordinance

Thank you to those that have submitted comments for the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO). This document establishes the minimum standards for all property throughout the city. The goal of the PMO is to keep the City of Surprise safe, healthy, and blight-free. Public comment was requested and accepted from March 3 through May 2, 2021. If you would like to learn more about the document, please view the March 2 Property Maintenance Ordinance Work Session Presentation.

A presentation and vote on the item is scheduled for June 15, 2021, at Surprise City Council Meeting. If adopted, the PMO will be effective July 15, 2021.

COVID Relief Funding

For over a year now, the city of Surprise has been working hard to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Our city has been fortunate to receive federal, state, and county financial assistance to provide meals, rental/mortgage payments, and utility assistance through our Senior Center and Surprise Resource Center.

Here is a snapshot of how $10.88 million in federal funds has helped our community during the COVID crisis:

Federal funding allocation.

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provided billions of dollars in payroll assistance funding for businesses through two rounds of funding.

While these programs have helped, the city identified some funding gaps in meeting specific needs and, in some cases, noticed some needs were not being met at all.

On September 1, 2020, and November 2, 2020, the Surprise City Council approved resolutions to support $555,000 for Surprise COVID Community Relief Packages for addressing community and business needs because of the prolonged nature of the pandemic. Utilizing some of our AZ CARES ACT dollars, we were able to allocate $180,000 to address the following human service needs:

AZ CARES ACT funds allocation.

The remaining $375,000 supported the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant, disbursed over two rounds:

Surprise small business relief funds allocation.

The city will continue to explore additional needs as we anticipate another round of funding through the American Rescue Plan Act in the future. We have a good plan in place to monitor where the needs are and address them as appropriate.

Small businesses are encouraged to review updated COVID business resources available on surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp or reach out to the Surprise Economic Development Department at econdev@surpriseaz.gov.

Community Resources are available at surpriseaz.gov/communitycare, or call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Meet & Greet

Join me Monday, May 24 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.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are May 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. and are 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 – 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.