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Surprise, AZ (January 21, 2020) Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders? Register for the 2020 Surprise City Academy!

Surprise, Ariz. (February 4, 2020) – The City of Surprise has announced its support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter, along with the statewide goal to boost postsecondary attainment to 60 percent by the year 2030.

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Minor home rehabilitation funds available for eligible Surprise residents

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Surprise, A‌Z (February 6, 2020) The city is currently accepting applications from income-qualified Surprise property owners who need assistance financing minor home repairs.

This program will grant a maximum of $3,500 for eligible repairs in owner-occupied homes. If the proposed repairs exceed $3,500, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for the city’s Deferred Loan Program to cover the needed repairs.

Eligible repairs covered under the program include plumbing, water heater replacements, electrical repairs, HVAC repairs, broken windows, roof repairs, smoke detector replacement and more.

Funding for this program is limited. Projects are selected on a first come, first served basis, with special consideration given to projects that address health and safety issues such as plumbing leaks, electrical problems, HVAC problems, broken windows, etc.

For eligibility requirements or more information, visit the Housing Rehabilitation Programs webpage or call Neighborhood Services at 623.222.1550.

The eight-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the city directly from the mayor, councilmembers, city manager and upper-level city staff. Plus, you will hear from city partners like Ottawa University and West-MEC.

The Surprise City Academy begins on February 24 and meets weekly through April 6. Most classes will meet in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, from 6-8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

It’s free to participate, but space is limited. Registration is required by February 17.

For an application and more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy or contact Yvonne Lopez at 623.222.3239 or yvonne.lopez@surpriseaz.gov.

2020 Elections

CALL OF ELECTION
Public Notice of the City of Surprise, Arizona.

Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise, Arizona will hold elections as follows:

Primary Election: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (If Applicable)

Offices to be filled – Mayor (4 year term ending in December 2024) and three (3) Council Seats, Districts 2 (Cottonwood), 3 (Mesquite), 4 (Mulberry) term ending in December 2024 and District 5 (Palm), (

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commission. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.

  • Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission – 1 vacancy

Applications for the above mentioned commission are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to: clerk@surpriseaz.gov. Applications are always available for all boards and commissions and will be kept on file for future vacancies.

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commission. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.

  • Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission – 1 vacancy

Applications for the above mentioned commission are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to: clerk@surpriseaz.gov. Applications are always available for all boards and commissions and will be kept on file for future vacancies.

Regular City Council Work Session & Meeting

Agendas for the February 4, 2020 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:

https://www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas

Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email: clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise, AZ (January 27, 2020) Cactus Road will be closed from Citrus to Perryville roads; and Perryville will be closed from Cactus to Shangri La road beginning Saturday, February 1, for utility work.

The roadways are scheduled to reopen on Saturday, February 15. Drivers should consider alternative routes such as Peoria Avenue and Cotton Lane.

Surprise, AZ (January 31, 2020) The City of Surprise invites interested outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Egg-stravaganza!

The event will take place Saturday, April 11, from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue.

The event offers promotional opportunities for interested businesses and organizations.  The promotional booth fee is $750 for business vendors, $150 for non-profit, and includes a 10 x 10 vendor tent, (1) table and (2) chairs.  Please note space is limited!

Spring Egg-stravaganza is a free event featuring fun for the whole family.  The event will feature inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats.  The annual event is expected to draw 12,000 – 15,000 participants.

For more information or to register please contact Special Events at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents to download the vendor application. 

Surprise, AZ (January 27, 2020) Cactus Road will be closed from Citrus to Perryville roads; and Perryville will be closed from Cactus to Shangri La road beginning Saturday, February 1, for utility work.

The roadways are scheduled to reopen on Saturday, February 15. Drivers should consider alternative routes such as Peoria Avenue and Cotton Lane.

2 year term ending in December 2022).

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

”STRONG” MAYOR-COUNCIL
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 www.surpriseaz.gov/parks.  

Thank you for your patience as we complete this project.

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