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Council approves 5 year Utility Rate Study schedule; new solid waste rates begin July 1 Surprise, AZ (February 20, 2019) City Council approved the Utility Rate Study during last night’s Regular Council Meeting, effectively adjusting the five-year rate schedule for city-serviced solid waste customers at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019.

Single-family solid waste customers will pay a monthly base rate of $20.70 starting July 1, 2019 and with another scheduled increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2024. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged in FY 2020-2024.

This is the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. There were no increases for more than 8 years between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2018.

The Utility Rate Study was initiated in November 2018 to review utility base rates and create a five-year structured schedule based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. 

Information regarding the Utility Rate Study can be found online at   City of Surprise  16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374 | Phone: 623-222-1000

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If approved by Council, customers who are serviced by Surprise solid waste will see the new rate beginning July 1, 2019. Residential wastewater and water utility rates would remain unchanged in fiscal years 2020-2024.

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Utility Rate Study

To continue delivering the high quality, health and safety supporting solid waste services Surprise customers expect and deserve while meeting future development demands, the city must periodically adjust utility base rates to sufficiently recover the costs incurred to operate, maintain and provide these services.

After reviewing the city’s solid waste utility services funds balances, city staff is recommending an increase of the base utility rate for this service.

The city reviews the rates and creates five-year structure schedules based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs; the previous Rate Study was conducted in 2014. Economic influences such as increases in operational resources and future growth are also considered when adjusting the rates.

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

About the City Clerk

The City Clerk, appointed by the City Council, serves as the city’s official records custodian. That includes maintaining the Surprise City Code, council meeting minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts/agreements, deeds and easements, leases, insurance certificates, bonds, annexation documents, liquor license postings and notifications, notarized affidavits of publications, meeting and agenda postings. The City Clerk affixes the Surprise City Seal on all official documents.

The City Clerk also serves as the City’s Chief Elections Officer; administers City Council Meetings and attests to all official acts of the Mayor posting meeting notices, advertising public hearings and handles the administrative duties for the Boards and Commission application process including advertising vacant positions, collecting applications and setting up interviews.

In 2008, the City Council appointed the City Clerk as the City Historian and was assigned the task to complete a book outlining the City’s history in celebration of the 50th Anniversary that took place in December 2010.

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On November 7, 2017 registered voters in Surprise approved the 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.

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Groundbreaking Teens Making a Difference

What we do

The Surprise Youth Council gives youth a genuine voice and engages them in common interests to make Surprise one.

  • Discover: find out what teens want through research, surveys, social media, focus groups and interviews
  • Unite: plan events, competitions and youth forums that build community
  • Serve: complete community service and art projects – Mural Project
  • Solve: build awareness, connect with policy makers and solve problems
  • Learn: learn about team building and leadership through local and national conferences, workshops and retreats
  • Collaborate: work with local leaders, including: the Mayor & City Council, business leaders, non-profits and school administrators

How to join


  • Must be entering 8th grade through 12th grade the following school year
  • Must attend a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits OR a Dysart Unified School District high school or reside within the city of Surprise.
  • A maximum of five students will be non-residents.

Application Process: 

Recruitment and selection for vacant SYC positions takes place in February / March Interested students must submit:

  • A short introductory video and completed parent acknowledgement form – Download Form
  • Share your application video from your Google Drive – share with All application videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 24, 2019. All Parent Acknowledgment forms must be submitted separately by email to 

A maximum of 30 teens are accepted into the Surprise Youth Council


  • The SYC meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the AZ TechCelerator, Building D. Additional committee meetings are required per month as well as special meetings for committee chairs or project leads.
  • Members are expected to attend as many SYC events/programs, service projects, trainings and social outings as possible
  • Members are evaluated bi-annually based on the council’s expressed expectations and the individual member’s participation and engagement level. Members serve at the City’s discretion, until he or she resigns or graduates from high school.

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Lunch & Learn – Social Media for Small Business
Feb 28, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Is your business on social media? While some businesses dabble in one or two channels, most are not doing it very effectively nor targeting the right audience. Understanding the right media is key to a successful social media campaign. Join us for an information session covering some of the top social media channels, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to utilize them effectively to attract and retain clients.  Event Type: Seminars
Location: AZ TechCelerator 12425 W. Bell Road  Building D
Surprise, Arizona 85378

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

The General Plan 2035 guides the city’s development. It expresses community values and goals, and portrays the community’s vision to create an overall sense of community, while respecting and celebrating the city’s unique character areas.

The City has moved from a Traditional land use approach to a Character Area approach with fewer land use categories. This approach provides more flexibility in determining a development proposal’s intent and how it interacts with the surrounding area.

Staff will work with stakeholders during the development process, react to market demands and promote unique development. It creates a more business-friendly planning environment while still promoting quality growth!

The Surprise Land Use Character Areas are grouped into four (4) different functional categories, which are identified below and described in greater detail in the Land Use Element:

Recognition & Awards:

  • Top Ten Safest City in the U.S. (Parenting Magazine 2014)
  • #5 Fastest Growing City in the U.S. (WalletHub 2016)
  • Global City of the Year (Global Chamber of Phoenix 2017)
  • Silver Award for Partnerships with Educational Institutions – Ottawa University (International Economic Development Council 2017)
  • Bronze Award for Entrepreneurship – AZ TechCelerator (International Economic Development Council 2017)
  • Bronze Award for Business Retention & Expansion (Single Event) – City of Surprise Bridge-to-Business Program / Bell & Grand Campaign (International Economic Development Council 2017)

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Arizona’s 8th congressional district since January 3, 2013
U.S. Representative  Debbie Lesko
Area9,057 sq mi (23,460 km2)
Distribution87.3% urban12.7% rural
Population (2015)767,981[1]
Median income$67,699[2]
Ethnicity73.9% White3% Black2.1% Asian18.2% Hispanic0.8% Native American0.1% other
Cook PVIR+13[3]

Arizona’s 8th congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. It includes many of the suburbs north and west of Phoenix, in Maricopa County, Arizona.

After redistricting for the 2012 general election, the new 8th district encompasses most of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd district, while most of the former 8th district became the 2nd congressional district.[4] It is the geographic and demographic successor of the old 2nd; while the 4th district contains most of the old 2nd’s land, more than 92 percent of the old 2nd’s constituents were drawn into the 8th.[5]

This House seat was vacated by Representative Trent Franks on December 8, 2017. A special election was held on April 24, 2018 and won by Republican Debbie Lesko.