mayor skip hall

City of Surprise, no budget

Five Surprise employees spent $15,500 on a trip to Toronto, including a four-star hotel stay, late last summer.
That stay and others reviewed by The Arizona Republic exceeded a federal government guideline for lodging costs. The expense limits that are in place for federal government employees can be used as a guideline for other government employees.
Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic and four employees in the department were in Canada for the International Economic Development Council, where economic developers network and strategize how to attract businesses to their cities.
Jerkovic said the trip allowed staff to market Surprise while receiving advice from experts on what Canadian businesses look for in a city. The group also gave the city three awards for economic development projects.
Taxpayers paid $276 per night for Jerkovic’s six-night stay at the Grand Hotel & Suites, a four-star hotel near the conference in downtown Toronto. The federal maximum at the time for Toronto was $181 per night.


marley park, City of surprise

The Marley Park CFD (Community Facilities District) is a special purpose district and a separate political subdivision under the Arizona Constitution and can levy taxes and issue bonds independently of the City (Arizona Community Facilities District Act).

The City Council serves as the Board of Directors; however, the City has no liability for the Districts’ debt. Although it is legally separate from the City, the Districts are reported as if it is part of the primary government because the District’s governing body is substantively the same as the governing body of the City and management of the City has operational responsibility for the Districts.

Financing may take the form of general obligation bonds, revenue bonds or assessment bonds within the improved area, or through the levying of a maintenance and operation property tax.

council member david sanders

Transparent Governance
Members must publicly share substantive information that is relevant to a matter under consideration by the Council which the member may have received from sources outside the public decision-making process.

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City of Surprise


Welcome to the Surprise District 5 website! District 5 is in the central part of Surprise, including Sun Village, Kingswood Park, Surprise Stadium and City Hall. This site provides D5 residents with easy access to information about what’s going on in D5 and the city overall.

This website is just one way that you can learn more about what’s going on in your area.

Councilman david sanders


Living in Surprise, AZ

Surprise, Arizona is a medium-sized city with a population of 127,492 inhabitants. The majority of Surprise residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 81% of the population considered married and 63% with kids under the age of 18, Surprise could be considered a very suitable city for families.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Surprise, Arizona. Finding the best places to live in Surprise and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, weather, employment, housing and other important metrics.

Surprise, AZ receives 77/100 for it’s livability score; this results in a ranking of #27 in Arizona and #3,735 in the USA. This is a terrific score, as Surprise ranks well in multiple categories! For each of the livability categories, we see that Surprise ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A) and weather (B). There are some categories that Surprise does not rank well for, including: cost of living (D) and education (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people’s lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Surprise is actually affordable. The median home price for Surprise homes is $197,600, which is 11.7% higher than the Arizona average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Surprise, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 8.6% lower than the Arizona average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Surprise were 7.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.2%.

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Rock your block! Free block party trailer rentals available

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What better way to get to know your neighbors than by throwing a great party? Surprise offers free rentals of its Block Party Trailer, and we’ll even deliver it to you! 

The block party trailer includes chairs, tables, coolers, canopy tents, sports equipment, name tags, garbage bags, a PA-stereo system, and a generator.

Add some extra excitement by requesting a Block Party Kit! The kit includes flyers and posters to help spread the word about your party and a $75 reimbursement to a local grocery store to assist with refreshment costs. Plus, the city will cover up to $125 towards the cost of renting a bouncy house!

Here’s how you can reserve the Block Party Trailer:

  • Call Neighborhood Services at 623.222.1550 to request an application or download one at
  • Complete the application and send it back to the City of Surprise Block Party Program Technician, Ervin Cutwright, at Reservations are required at least two weeks (and up to 90 days) in advance of the event and are based on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Once approved – start planning your party! 

Questions? Please contact Ervin Cutwright at 623.222.1550 or

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Vice-Mayor Roland Winters

What is Transaction Privilege Tax (Sales Tax)?A: The transaction privilege tax (TPT) is commonly referred to as sales tax. It differs from a true sales tax in that it is a tax on the privilege of doing business in Arizona. The seller is liable for the tax but may pass the burden of the tax on to the purchaser. For additional information, please refer to the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Arizona Department of Revenue, or the Model City Tax Code.

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David Sanders, Coucilman

What is a “Program City”? A “Program City” is a municipality that has an agreement with the Arizona Department of Revenue to act as the collecting agent for transaction privilege tax and remit it back to the municipality.