city Of surprise

Mayor Skip Hall

It’s that time again, when we reflect on the past year and set resolutions for the year to come.

As many of us vow to lose weight or save money, we wondered what goals mayors Valleywide are setting as 2019 approaches.

How large is the city’s water system? Our current ground water system capacity is 10.2 Million Gallons a Day (MGD), and on average our citizens are using 2.8 MGD. Our water reclamation facility has recently been upgraded to 16 MGD and on average the residents of Surprise send 7.0 to the wastewater facility. Surprise has three plants that treat a combined 7.2 million gallons of wastewater daily. Increased capacity for several of the existing plants, along with the construction of two new plants, will increase the city’s capacity to 16.3 million gallons daily in 2008.

In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal law that banned wagering on college and professional games nationwide and left the legalization to individual state legislatures. This left regulations in Arizona hazy.Alyssa Williams/azcentral Wochit

Ordinances are required in the following examples:  Any regulation involving persons or property which imposes a penalty, fine, forfeiture or other punishment for its violation.

Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment. Be kind to your pet and show him love.

For questions regarding the election process, including voter registration and replacement ballot voting, please contact the Surprise City Clerk’s office at or 623.222.1200.
For questions regarding the potential purchase and acquisition of Circle City Water Company, please contact the Water Resources Management Department at or 623.222.7100.

Councilmember District 5 (Palm)

CandidateNumber of VotesVote Percentage
Skip Hall2,07973%
Leo Mankiewicz          77527%



Q:What are the charges for EMS transport?

The City will charge a fee of $928.21 per Advanced Life Support (ALS) transport, $826.82 per Basic Life Support (BLS) transport, $19.24 per mile traveled to the hospital. Additional charges may apply.

Charter school enrollment is growing in Arizona, but what’s the difference between a charter and your neighborhood district school? Wochit


Register for the 2019 Surprise City Academy & learn how your city government works 

Surprise, AZ (January 17, 2019)
Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders? Register for the 2019 Surprise City Academy!

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 25 and meets weekly through April 8. Most classes will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

It’s free to participate, but space is limited. Registration is required by February 19!

For an application and/or information, please visit or contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or



Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic, featuring 2018 National Champs Oregon State, leads off baseball season in Surprise

Office: 623-222-2000
Fax: 623-222-2001 For Immediate Release Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic, featuring 2018 National Champs Oregon State, leads off baseball season in Surprise Surprise, AZ (February 4, 2019) Come see the 2018 College World Series National Champions, the Oregon State Beavers, as they make their 2019 season debut right here in Surprise, Arizona.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic will take place February 15-24 at the Surprise Stadium, featuring the Oregon State Beavers, New Mexico Lobos, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Minnesota Gophers and Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Don’t miss out on Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Game Day – Saturday, Feb. 23. The Family Four Pack includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 Coca-Colas and 4 popcorns for just $44.00. 

Individual tickets and tournament passes are now available for purchase online at

Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic Schedule

Friday, February 15
1:00 p.m.  New Mexico vs. Oregon State
5:00 p.m.  Minnesota vs. Gonzaga
Saturday, February 16
1:00 p.m.  Gonzaga vs. Oregon State
5:00 p.m.  New Mexico vs. Minnesota                   
Sunday, February 17
1:00 p.m.  Minnesota vs. Oregon State
5:00 p.m.  Gonzaga vs. New Mexico            
Monday, February 18
10:00 a.m. Minnesota vs. Gonzaga
2:00 p.m.  New Mexico vs. Oregon State
Thursday, February 21
1:00 p.m.  Nebraska vs. Oregon State
Friday, February 22
1:00 p.m.  Nebraska vs. Oregon State
Saturday, February 23 – Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Game Day
5:00 p.m.  Nebraska vs. Oregon State
Sunday, February 24
9:00 a.m.  Nebraska vs. Oregon State

Schedule and game times are subject to change. Game times listed are Mountain Standard Time.

Single Game Tickets*
Tickets: Adult $15.00; Student with ID /Senior 55+: $12

Tournament Pass*
College Baseball Classic Package (8 games, Feb.15-18)
Adult $50.00 |Student with ID / Senior 55+ $40.00
College Baseball Series Combo (12 games, Feb. 15-24)
Adult $90.00 | Student with ID / Senior 55+ $75.00

*Service charges and processing fees may apply to online and phone order submissions.

For more information on the tournament, tickets, and additional events, please visit or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222.


1 st Quarter FY19 ACHIEVEMENTS

● 1 Firefighter recruit was hired on 7/2/18, Ms. Allie Corse-Sco ● 1 Civilian EMT was hired on 7/2/18, Mr. Jordan Neumann ● FF Jeff Thomas was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain on 9/10/18 ● 1 Fire Inspector posion filled, Mr. Travis Samuelson was hired on 9/24/18 ● Staffed the Annual COS 4th of July event at the Surprise Stadium ● The 2018 Captain’s promoonal exam was completed in late September 2018 ● FF Penner & FF Franzmeier successfully completed Paramedic Training on 9/21/18 ● FF Anderson started Paramedic Training on 9/24/18 ● 4 members aended the ImageTrend Training Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota ● Architect & contractor for FS304 bond project have been selected ● One Step Beyond (OSB) volunteer program has increased to 3 volunteers, 5 days a week


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Diane Arthur, Director
623-222-1422 For Immediate Release City Council receives Decide Surprise bond projects and finance update Surprise, AZ (June 20, 2018) City of Surprise staff provided City Council with a Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond projects and financial update at Tuesday night’s Regular Meeting. On April, 18, 2018 the city issued the first General Obligation Bond sale resulting in $37 million of principal outstanding. Piper Jaffray submitted the winning bid which resulted in a bond yield of 2.97%- lower than the original 4% estimate. Design work is underway for: Fire Stations 304 & 308 Public Works Operations Facility Traffic Congestion Mitigation Projects along Waddell, Litchfield & Greenway Roads Land acquisition for the fire stations and Public Works Operations Facility is underway and the groundbreaking for the Public Works structure will commence by the end of this calendar year. The following areas have been selected for Pavement Preservation Treatments in Fiscal Year 2019: Reems Road/Bell Road Intersection Reems Road from Bell Road to Grand Avenue Cactus Road from Bullard Avenue to Reems Road Greenway Road from Bullard Avenue to Reems Road Waddell Road/Litchfield Road Intersection Waddell Road from Dysart Road to Litchfield Road Waddell Road from Bullard Avenue to Reems Road Reems Road /Cactus Road Intersection Reems Road from Cactus Road to Waddell Road Dysart Road from Greenway Road to Bell Road Improvement work on Litchfield and Waddell roads begins in the summer of 2019. Greenway improvements will begin about nine months following the completion of Waddell. The selection of a design-build team for the Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center is scheduled for December 2018. The Police Training Facility design selection is expected in June 2020. The secondary property tax assessment to fund the bond projects begins July 1, 2018. The secondary property tax rate is $0.42 per $100 of assessed property valuation. To review the scope of the projects, construction timeline, costs and more visit


What is the national average for Fire Medical response times for cities our size?

City staff advised the National Fire Protection Association’s standard (NFPA 1710) recommends the following:

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) total response time of six (6) minutes. Fire total response time of six (6) minutes, 20 seconds.

For the City of Surprise, the total average emergency response time for 2016 was six (6) minutes: 52 seconds.


The Surprise Sundancers, founded in 2002, are the official Spring Training volunteer organization of the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and the City of Surprise. The Sundancers are a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that currently consists of over 750 members! The Sundancers also provide volunteer services at the Surprise Recreation Campus and other City Special Events. As a non-profit volunteer organization, the Surprise Sundancers raise charitable donations and receive contributions to support greater Surprise/Northwest Valley youth-related programs and projects, including the award winning Dream Catcher Park.


City of Surprise, Vice Mayor Roland Winters

38-296. Limitation on filing for election by incumbent of elective office

A. Except during the final year of the term being served, no incumbent of a salaried elective office, whether holding by election or appointment, may offer himself for nomination or election to any salaried local, state or federal office.

B. An incumbent of a salaried elected office shall be deemed to have offered himself for nomination or election to a salaried local, state or federal office on the filing of a nomination paper pursuant to section 16-311, subsection A.  An incumbent of a salaried elected office is not deemed to have offered himself for nomination or election to an office by making a formal declaration of candidacy for the office.

C. The resignation of the incumbent elective officer duly filed in writing with the officer, board or commission having jurisdiction of the office, if not accepted within ten days, shall be deemed to have become effective as of the date of filing.

D. This section shall not be construed to prohibit a person whose resignation from office has become effective from qualifying as a candidate for another office during the unexpired portion of the term affected by the resignation, nor shall it apply to any incumbent elective officer who seeks reelection to the same office or to any other public office during the final year of the term to which the person has been so elected.

E. A person violating any provision of this section is guilty of misfeasance in office, and the office held by such person shall be declared vacant.