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The Surprise Police Department’s Citizens Patrol is one of the premier volunteer programs in the nation. Besides patrolling the streets and assisting at crime scenes, the Citizens Patrol assists the police by participating in programs such as Vacation Watch, We Care, vehicle impounds, sex offender notifications and many more.

For more information on the Citizens Patrol volunteer program or these events, please visit or contact the Surprise Citizens Patrol at 623-222-4277 or


The city council workshop of surprise, what a difference, members can make. In previous work shops the discussions were between concerned council members and their constituents, nothing like that anymore. The other night’s workshop had agendas like a council meeting and you are kept quiet, council members hardly talked.

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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.


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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.

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Free Financial Fitness Classes: Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning, Annuities

City of Surprise Current News Releases<>1/18/2019 5:06 PMTo

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Ruby Sitea, Program Coordinator
623-222-3234 For Immediate Release Free Financial Fitness Classes: Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning, Annuities Surprise, AZ (January 18, 2019) The city is hosting free Financial Fitness Classes on the topics of Wills vs. Trusts, Estate Planning and Annuities.

February 5 – Wills vs. Trusts

Most American adults do not have a living trust, a will or any estate plan in place. For many who do, they can fall out of date for various reasons. If you want to make sure your financial and healthcare wishes are fully honored (whether or not you are physically able to carry them out yourself) and protect your loved ones from the real delays and costs of probate on your estate, we invite you to a free seminar that will educate you on options that give peace of mind to you and your family.

This interactive seminar taught by Bob Mariner with Generation Living Trusts will cover the following topics: Wills vs. Living Trusts and other important estate planning documents The perils of probate after you die, ‘living probate’ and ‘multiple probate’ The dangers of Joint Tenancy and of placing others on your accounts (TOD/POD) How to protect yourself against Conservatorship and Guardianship Does your disabled loved one require a Special Needs Trust?  How large estates can reduce estate taxes How to protect yourself even if your estate’s value is below the probate limit  How to know if your living trust is out of date In this educational seminar, there will be no sales, and you will not be required to share any contact information.

The class will be held Tuesday, February 5, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Council Overflow Room.

February 7 – Estate Planning

The Estate Planning class taught by Ted Meyer with Coventry Financial Group will cover the following topics: The difference between a Will and a Trust and which one might be right for you What is Probate and options on how to avoid it Why so many trusts end up in probate anyways, and how to make sure yours is not one What are the different types of trusts and why having the wrong one could be problematic Specific estate planning strategies  There will also be time set aside for questions and answers with an estate planning attorney.

The class will be held Thursday, February 7, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Council Overflow Room.

February 12 – Annuities

Annuities are incredibly popular investment product marketed to retirees by financial firms from coast to coast. But beware, not all annuities are the same. This class taught by Ted Meyer with Coventry Financial Group will answer all of your annuity questions, including: The different types of annuities  The different structures of annuity contracts Navigating the ups and downs of annuities, so you can decide if this is it good option for you Understanding the fine print  The class will be held Tuesday, February 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Council Overflow Room.

Register and reserve your spot!

For more information or to register for any of these classes, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623-222-3242 or

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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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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.