In the Past

Gov. Janet Napolitano signed into law a measure that fines cities that put taxes in developers’ pockets in exchange for their business. She deserves commendation.

Napolitano said. “The use of tax incentives to pit Maricopa County towns and cities against each other is not in the interest of Arizona or its taxpayers.”
Cities could keep offering incentives, but their state-shared revenues would be reduced, dollar-for-dollar.
Unfortunately, the new law can’t unravel the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of deals in Phoenix, Glendale, Surprise and other cities. That money is lost.
Even still, some city leaders are bemoaning the new law, saying it will derail economic development in their communities. They also claim the law will devalue state trust land because cities no longer will be able to offset costly land improvements . The money saved might be sufficient to buttress public safety budgets. Make no mistake, flaws exist in the current law, which takes effect Jan. 1.
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Mayor Skip Hall-Councilman Todd Tande

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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Surprise, Az

Board of Trustees Meeting Date:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Surprise City Hall – Council Overflow Room
The Board of Trustees oversee the City’s self-insured medical program and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding trust fund programs, including reserve levels to assure stability and security of the trust fund. Meetings are held at least once per quarter.

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Surprise

Board of Trustees Meeting Date:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location:
Surprise City Hall – Council Overflow Room

The Board of Trustees oversee the City’s self-insured medical program and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding trust fund programs, including reserve levels to assure stability and security of the trust fund. Meetings are held at least once per quarter.

More news at: http:insurprisetoday.com

Surprise

Board of Trustees Meeting Date:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location:
Surprise City Hall – Council Overflow Room

The Board of Trustees oversee the City’s self-insured medical program and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding trust fund programs, including reserve levels to assure stability and security of the trust fund. Meetings are held at least once per quarter.

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City of Surprise, Mayor Skip Hall

City accepting applications for vacated D5 council seat
Surprise, AZ (November 21, 2018) The city of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the position of Councilmember District 5 (Palm) due to the selection of the incumbent, Skip Hall, as Mayor at the November 20th City Council Meeting.
Mayor Hall will serve in the mayoral capacity until December 31, 2020, fulfilling the remaining mayoral term vacated by Sharon Wolcott on November 16, 2018.
All District 5 applicants must reside within District 5 boundaries.
The term expiration for the appointment will be December 31, 2020, and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled Council election in August 20, 2020 per ARS 9-235 (The council shall fill a vacancy that may occur by appointment until the next regularly scheduled council election if the vacancy occurs more than thirty days before the nomination petition deadline. This subsection does not apply to a charter city). The Interview/Selection process is as follows:
Section 2-22 of the Surprise City Code – Council/District Vacancy:
(1) Vacancies in district office will be advertised beginning no later than 14 days from the date the vacancy is created when caused by death, and seven days from the date the vacancy is created in all other cases. The city clerk will advertise all vacancies in at least one newspaper with local circulation, on the city website, and in all designated posting locations during the application acceptance period. (Date of Advertisement – Monday, November 26, 2018).
(2) All eligible persons interested in filling the district vacancy must submit an application to the city clerk’s office prior to the close of the acceptance period. The application acceptance period will end at 5:00 p.m. on the 14th day following the placement of the advertisement as required by subsection (1) of this section. (Monday, December 10th, 2018).
(3) No later than the end of the business day following the close of the application acceptance period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all applications submitted during the application acceptance period (Tuesday, December 11, 2018).
(4) The council will interview each applicant at a public hearing held no later than ten days following the close of the application acceptance period, followed by a seven-day period during which public comment may be submitted to the city clerk’s office (Interview/Public Hearing – Thursday, December 20, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. & Close of Comments (Thursday, December 27, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.).
(5) No later than the end of the business day following the close of the public comment period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all comments submitted during the comment period (Friday, December 28, 2018).
(6) A district candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the public hearing (Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.).
Applications are available for pick up the City Clerk’s Office, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, starting on Monday, November 26, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and the closing date will be Monday, December 10, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Interviews will be scheduled for Thursday, December 20, 2018 at a Special Council Meeting (4:00 p.m.).
Selection of the applicant will take place on Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting. Applications are also available online @ www.surpriseaz.gov, under City Clerk section.
Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office.

City of Surprise-Mayor Skip Hall

Bob Vukanovich former council member and vice-mayor will try to up date all the news in the City of Surprise as the editor of insurprisetoday.com and surpriseaznews.com.
A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT AND A FREE SOCIETY CAN ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL IF YOU HAVE A FREE PRESS. WITH THIS FREE PRESS YOU MUST HAVE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS AND OUTSIDE GROUPS MONITORING THE ACTIONS OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, EITHER NATIONALLY OR LOCALLY.ARE LOCAL PAPERS SUPPRESSING INFORMATION THAT IS CRITICAL TO OUR WELL BEING. WE MUST BE INFORMED ON LOCAL ISSUES.

City of Surprise, Councilman Todd Tande

The below was taken off of the council-mans web-site

Todd Tande, City Council Member – District 6, City of Surprise, Arizona
November 13 at 3:09 PM ·
The City now has its own app!
Developing this App was one of my recommendations to staff so that residents can directly report concerns and get status and news updates directly.
The My Surprise app is now available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play for Android devices! Why should you download My Surprise?
How about for city trash pick-up reminders (you know Surprise-observed holidays always throw you off) and to report city-maintained service issues like flooded roadways, downed trees or broken street lights.
Plus, you can link to your Surprise water bill and view city news – all in the app!
Download it today! http://bit.ly/2PqvCBj

It appears that the web site http://bit.ly/2PqvCBj is owned by the councilman.