Is Surprise Arizona a good place to live?Surprise is a good city for elderly and new families! It is not very expensive to live here and a really nice community overall. The only downsize is how commercialized it has become, not many small businesses survive as well as chain stores and restaurants.
The City of Surprise has begun a phased reopening of parks and recreation programs and amenities. See what’s open and opening soon. Learn more…
The Grand Canyon State’s job and economic growth forecasts over the next five years are among the best in the U.S. Population growth through 2022 is expected to be the third fastest in the country, as employment growth is expected to be equally strong. People gravitate towards Arizona for its warm weather and business-friendly climate. The percent of union workers rates among the lowest in the U.S.
Strength Now, But Headwinds Are Building – Arizona’s Economy
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Surprise residents are permitted to drop off non-hazardous residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read more…
Surprise, AZ (August 31, 2020) Calling all Surprise businesses – the city’s Economic Development Department wants to hear from you! Cast your vote on what types of virtual education classes you want to see us offer, as well as what mixers and fun events we can host online to create networking connections.
This effort is part of the city’s overall modification and ramp-up of virtual small business services due to COVID-19. The City of Surprise Economic Development Department and its startup program, the AZ TechCelerator, want input from the business community on what learning opportunities would help them most.
From Monday, August 31 through Friday September 11, Surprise business owners are invited to weigh in on which business education topics spark their interest the most, including marketing, accounting, grant writing, and more.
Surprise, AZ (August 31, 2020) City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, September 7 due to Labor Day.
Also due to the holiday, City of Surprise sanitation customers ONLY are reminded there will be a modified collection schedule that week that will postpone collection by one day. There will be no service Monday. Collection will resume on Tuesday, September 8.
Please note, not all Surprise residents are City of Surprise sanitation customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.
For questions about the pickup schedule, please call 623.222.1900.
Regular City Council Work Session & Meeting
Agendas for the September 1, 2020 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:
Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surprise, AZ (August 21, 2020) On November 7, 2017 registered voters in Surprise approved three General Obligation (GO) Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. The three questions represent 10 Capital Improvement Projects for a total bond amount of $59.5 Million. The first of two issuances received an AA rating from S&P and was issued in May 2018. The second issuance is scheduled for Council approval at the September 1st Council Meeting and has received an AA rating from S&P. The second issuance is scheduled to be sold in late September.
Standard and Poor’s (S&P) assigned its AA long-term rating to the anticipated $17.485M series 2020 obligation bonds and affirms the city’s General Obligation (GO) Bond rating, and issuer credit rating of AA. The outlook is stable.
The credit rating firm cited the following criteria for the upgrade (view full report):
· Strong economy, with access to a broad and diverse metropolitan statistical area (MSA)
· Strong management, with good financial policies and practices
· Very strong budgetary flexibility and liquidity, and adequate budget performance
· Very strong liquidity
· Strong debt and contingent liability position
· Strong institutional framework
Surprise, AZ (August 26, 2020) The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now enrolling for the fall session of special interest classes, including aqua aerobics; pee wee soccer, t-ball and football; coding 4 kids; cheer and much more!
Classes are available for pre-school through adult and will be held at various locations throughout Surprise. The City is also offering new virtual options.
Please note, class and lesson dates are tentative and subject to change or cancelation.
The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is implementing COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including but not limited to, increased sanitizing and limited class sizes.
For a current list of classes, course dates and fees, visit surpriseaz.gov/recreation or contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 623.222.2000.
Surprise, AZ (August 18, 2020) The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing with a new draft available for both the general public and stakeholders to provide comments related to Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS).
The newest updates to the draft LDO and PEDS documents are available for review on city’s website at surpriseaz.gov/developnext. Comment boxes are also available to submit feedback.
The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the council-created policies, and directing the day-to-day operations of city government. The manager reports directly to the city council, and is subject to council performance reviews. The City Manager is responsible for drafting a balanced budget for council review and approval each year.
For city governments, the budget process is never easy. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession have made that work exceedingly difficult—and the pain is only just beginning.
This was the consensus from several top city budget officials speaking at a July 8 online panel discussion organized by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The spending plans being adopted by major cities throughout the country are based on revenue estimates containing more than the usual dose of uncertainty.
4-in-10 Americans say they are not too or not at all attached to the local community where they live.