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Posted on: April 22, 2020

FY2021 Recommended Budget provides flexibility for the future

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The Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) City Manager Recommended Budget was presented to the City Council at the Work Session on April 21, 2020, with a focus on flexibility amid the to-be-determined economic impacts of COVID-19. 

The FY2021 recommended expenditure budget is $388.3 million, with transfers of $40.7 million, for total use $429 million. This amount sets the ceiling for how much the city has the authority to spend.

“As we continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on future revenue collections, we’ve developed a budget strategy that will allow us, if needed, to make adjustments to lower spending to maintain a balanced budget,” says City Manager Michael Frazier.

The recommended budget includes $111.2 million for planned Capital Improvement Projects. This includes $40.7 million to begin voter-approved 2017 GO Bond projects including, Greenway Road; Fire Station 308; and the Public Safety Evidence and Readiness Center. $31.2 million will fund critical water and sewer projects. 

The budget also includes three full-time employees to support water reclamation and collections services and 1.5 employees to support fleet operations. These positions have no new impacts to the General Fund.

The budget process kicked off in October 2019 and a budget retreat was held on March 27, 2020. The FY2021 budget forecast developed between October and February was revised as a result of the Presidential National Emergency Declaration issued on March 13, 2020.

A public hearing and Council’s Tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the May 5 Regular Council Meeting; with final budget adoption scheduled for the June 2 meeting. These public meetings begin at 6 p.m. They are carried live on Surprise TV and online at You can also follow the budget process and see the City Manager’s Recommended Budget at press release…

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Though our public parks will be open, they will be limited to open space areas only such as walking paths and non-amenity areas.

The following public park amenities are currently closed: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickleball courts, dog parks, skate park, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time.

While we encourage getting out to stretch your legs and enjoy the sun, we encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines for physical distancing. To practice physical distancing:

  •  Stay at least 6 feet from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

If you are planning a visit to one of our public parks, if possible, please bring hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and consider the CDC’s guidance on cloth face coverings:

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Surprise, AZ (April 10, 2020) Cotton Lane will be closed from Waddell Road to Woodrow Lane from 4 a.m. Monday, April 13 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, for roadway improvements.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles.

View current road improvement projects and traffic restrictions in Surprise at

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COVID-19 alertIf you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

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AG says cops can enforce emergency orders

Police and sheriff deputies are legally entitled to enforce emergency proclamations and orders issued by state and local officials, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

NEW Senior Hours & Concierge Service
We’re pleased to announce two new services to add more support for our members who could really use a little extra help right now.

• Early Senior Shopping Hours Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9 am* for our members aged 60+ and at-risk members. The special shopping hours include our pharmacy and optical centers.

Surprise, AZ (April 3, 2020) The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce that the annual Surprise Talent Show will be held online!

Whether it is playing an instrument, completing a 10,000-piece puzzle, or even finishing that pesky household project – talent can be found anywhere and we want to share it with the community!

Residents of all ages interested in participating in the talent show can email video and photo submissions to The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30; but send your entries early.

Surprise, AZ (April 1, 2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic uncertainty to many individuals and families. In response, financial assistance policies have been activated at the national, state and city levels, as well as by business industries. The city has developed a webpage that lists various resources available to individuals and families.

The webpage can be accessed from the city’s COVID-19 page at, where there is also information on the city’s response to COVID-19, business and workforce

Regular City Council Meeting

The agenda for the April 7, 2020 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:

Surprise, AZ (April 6, 2020) To help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Surprise Economic Development department is introducing two new resources to promote local non-restaurant retailers: a purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner campaign and a new online opt-in promotional tool. 

The new purple banner campaign complements the department’s “See Red, Get Fed” banner campaign for restaurants and aims to support a variety of retail businesses that want to increase their visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses in Surprise can request to have their purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner delivered or coordinate to have it picked up by contacting Kris Cassens at (623) 222-3329 or via email at

New Order Allows Certain Prescription Refills Without Having To See A Doctor
Order Avoids Trips To The Doctor For Elderly And Vulnerable Patients, While Freeing Up Physicians
PHOENIX⁠ — Many elderly and at-risk Arizonans are coming up on a dilemma: schedule a potentially risky appointment with a doctor to refill a prescription or go without needed medication. 

An Executive Order issued by Governor Doug Ducey today provides a solution by allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of maintenance medications for a 90-day supply and an additional 90-day supply if needed. Under the order, Arizonans would be able to receive a refill on their medication for up to 180 days, while avoiding the trip to the doctor.

Arizona news

Arizona small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 have limited time to benefit from important benefits passed along with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses can apply for 100% federally guaranteed loans for an amount up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses for the prior year. More info HERE.

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April 4, 2020
President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For Arizona
PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today announced that President Trump in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today approved Arizona’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the state. The declaration makes available additional federal assets and resources to aid Arizona’s COVID-19 response efforts. 

Governor Ducey wrote a letter to President Trump on April 1 requesting the disaster declaration. 

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A congregate meal is a nutritious hot meal provided at least once a day to an eligible participant at a nutrition site, senior center or other group setting. Congregate meal programs provide older adults with positive social contacts with other seniors at the meal sites. Congregate sites may also offer a variety of health-related services such as transportation, health screening, social service referrals, legal assistance, physical and social activities and volunteer opportunities.

The home-delivered meal program provides a nutritious meal to an eligible individual at their residence. Volunteers and paid staff deliver these meals and spend additional time with the individuals, helping to decrease their feelings of isolation. They also check on the individual’s welfare and report any health or other problems noted during their visits.

For more information on congregate meals sites and home-delivered meals, please contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).