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There are two different structures of government that most cities utilize, either the Mayor-Council system or the Council-Manager system.

Under this system the Mayor is the chief executive and the City Council is the legislative body.  This system is modeled after the Federal Constitution structure of government. 

It is my believe that the form of government we should have for the City of Surprise is the Strong Mayor-Council system.

Strong mayor-council

Strong mayor-council governments reflect the organization of most state governments. The mayor is the city’s chief executive, while the council is the city’s primary legislative body. The general characteristics of strong mayor-council governments are as follows:[3]

The mayor may appoint and remove departmental heads. The mayor drafts and proposes a budget to city council. The mayor possesses veto or line-item veto power. The mayor officially represents the city on the state, national and international levels. The mayor exercises oversight of the city’s day-to-day operations. The mayor enforces city laws and ordinances. The mayor is not a member of city council.

Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Surprise, AZ grew from 127,492 to 129,534, a 1.6% increase and its median household income grew from $61,035 to $62,927, a 3.1% increase. The population of Surprise, AZ is 70.3% White Alone, 18.7% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.63% Black or African American Alone.

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Surprise, AZ (January 8, 2020) The Human Services and Community Vitality Department is partnering with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to benefit individuals and families with low to moderate income. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households that make less than $56,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns.  VITA sites not only offer free tax preparation, they also help taxpayers apply for benefits they may not be aware of such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (January 8, 2020) The Surprise Pops Band will perform “Unforgettable Melodies” during their concert on Sunday, January 26, at the Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center,15550 N. Parkview Place. Doors open at 2:15 p.m., show begins at 3 p.m.

Concert goers will enjoy music by Ray Charles, Henry Mancini and Hoagy Carmichael, along with five selections from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Admission is free, however non-perishable food donations to support Valley View Community Food Bank are requested and appreciated.

Surprise, A‌Z (January 7, 2020) Join the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District for a morning of celebration and fun activities as we mark the Grand Opening of the Asante Library, located at 16755 W Vereda Solana Drive!

The grand opening event will be held:

Saturday, February 1

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Surprise, AZ (January 7, 2020) The Surprise Community Park playground and several ramadas will be closed from January 13 – 30 for the installation of shade structures; the areas are scheduled to reopen on Friday, January 31.

Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue. For a listing of additional city parks, please visit  

Thank you for your patience as we complete this project.

For additional information, please contact the Surprise Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000.

Registration is now open for the Snow Bowl Turnaround Trip for teens ages 13-17 years old. Fees are $130 for residents and $150 for non-residents.

The registration fee includes rental skis or snowboard equipment, transportation, supervision, lift ticket, 2-hour group beginner lesson and breakfast. Teens should bring additional money for lunch, dinner and snacks. 

Space is limited!

Register now at or at the Parks and Recreation Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave.  For more information please call 623.222.2000.

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We Care is an automated system designed to call a senior or home-bound person once a day to check on their welfare. If the daily call is not answered, an automatic alert will be generated and personnel from the Surprise Police Department or Citizens Patrol will be sent to the home to check on the individual’s welfare.

Surprise, AZ (December 19, 2019) Work to improve several roadways in Surprise will require road closures through early 2020.

Surprise, A‌Z (December 18, 2019) Surprise offers four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience.

The lots will be open December 26, 2019 – January 9, 2020 at the following locations:

Bi-Centennial Park
16705 N. Nash St. (south end of the parking lot)

Surprise Recreation Campus / Youth Baseball Complex
15795 N. Parkview Pl.(across from Valley Vista High School)
Dick McComb Softball Park
17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of 180th Ave & Westpark Blvd.)

Asante Community Park

16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)

Please remove all decorations and place the trees in the designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household.

For more information, please call 623.222.1900.

Surprise, A‌Z (December 17, 2019) City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, December 25, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1, 2020 due to Christmas and New Year’s.

Also due to the holiday, City of Surprise sanitation customers ONLY are reminded there will be a modified collection schedule those weeks that will postpone collection by one day:

Christmas week – Wednesday collection will be picked up Thursday. Thursday collection will be Friday.

New Year’s week – Wednesday collection will be picked up Thursday. Thursday collection will be Friday.

mayor skip hallRegular City Council Meeting The agenda for the December 17, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting has been posted at: Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email:

Agenda Name: Regular City Council Meeting

Meeting Date: 12/17/2019

Click to View Agenda

Surprise, AZ (December 12, 2019) Consecutive weekend restrictions have been scheduled for intersection of Jomax Road and 163rd Avenue for road improvement work.

Jomax Road will be closed to east and westbound traffic at the 163rd Avenue intersection; north and southbound access will be maintained; however, motorists will be unable to make turn movements onto Jomax Road. Flaggers will be in the intersection as needed to maintain North/South traffic.

Motorists can expect the restrictions to be in place beginning 8 p.m. Friday, December 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 23; and again, 8 p.m. Friday, December 27 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 30.

Surprise, A‌Z (December 11, 2019) The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of chapters 101 -108 of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.

  • The purpose of the LDO is to regulate things like: housing density, commercial uses, industrial uses, building types, setback & heights, connectivity, landscaping, lighting, open space and parking requirements.

The drafts of Chapters 101-105 are now online as second versions after going out for public and stakeholder review earlier this year, as well as before the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council at a Work Session. The chapters cover:

S‌urprise, A‌Z (December 6, 2019) The City of Surprise is excited to host the Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 in the outside courtyard of City Hall, located at 16000 North Civic Center Plaza.

A light breakfast will be served to the first 500 attendees beginning at 8:30 a.m. A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and fun for the entire family. Our emcee is Steve Irvin, Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC15 News. Our keynote speaker is Kenja Hassan, Director of Cultural Relations in ASU’s Office of Government and Community Engagement. Hassan works to develop a meaningful presence for ASU in diverse communities and launched the State of Black Arizona. Around 9:45 a.m., all will be invited to participate in Surprise Day of Service projects throughout the city. More than 400 volunteers are expected to serve their neighbors with more than a dozen service projects.

Sand and bags are available to residents at the following locations (view online map):

3 Star Park, 15825 N. Jerry Street (south side parking area off of Jerry Street)

Bell Road Lake (south side), 15105 W. Bell Road

Water Well Site, 16849 W. Jomax Road
Westgate City Facility, 13430 W. Westgate Drive
Ashton Ranch Water Supply Facility,15151 W. Greenway Road
AZ TechCelerator,12425 W. Bell Road
Fire Station 302,18600 Reems Road


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USDA meat grading

prime – fat 50% calories

choice – fat 39% calories

good – fat 30% calories

when buying plums, buy them firm or slightly soft, hard plums do not ripen good.

If the humidity is over 50% or raining don’t make preserves.

Surprise, AZ (December 6, 2019) Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and holiday-themed crafts and fun with Santa on Saturday, December 14 at Countryside Recreation Center located at 15038 N Parkview Place. This jolly occasion offers two sessions; 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m., registration for youth ages 3-9 is available now. The cost is $10 for residents and $20 for non-residents; adults are free. All children must be signed in by an adult and must be potty trained. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 623.222.2000 or visit

Surprise, AZ (November 25, 2019) Celebrate with the City of Surprise at the 18th Annual Surprise Party on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at the Surprise Recreation Campus!

This fun-filled event offers a variety of activities and entertainment experiences, and admission is free with a canned food or toy donation benefiting Sanderson Ford Operation Santa Claus.

Here’s what you can expect: