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District 6 Newsletter – March, 15 2018

Surprise Stadium ranked #1 AZ Spring Training Stadium by USA TODAY

Surprise Stadium, spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City royals, has been ranked the No. 1 Spring Training stadium in Arizona by USA TODAY!

The newspaper conducted a study of online fan reviews to create scores for all 23 spring training stadiums in four areas: facility; family friendliness; food; and fan experience.

Not only did Surprise Stadium score first overall in the Cactus League, but the park also topped all 23 Arizona and Florida spring training facilities in the categories of facility and fan-experience! Read more…

City sets plans to honor former CRS Director Coronado

In February, the Surprise City Council agreed to recognize the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado’s service to Surprise in several ways, including renaming 8-Acres Park and honorary street signage near the stadium. On Saturday, March 17, a tribute ceremony is planned at Surprise Stadium, around 5:30 p.m., before the Rangers and Royals 6:05 pm first pitch. Read more…

National Citizens Survey Available Now Online!

If you live in Surprise and did not receive a National Citizens Survey (NCS) by mail, you can now take the survey online!

Visit and share your thoughts on Surprise as a place to live and work. Chime in on transportation, public safety, youth services and so much more! Hurry, the last day to take the survey is March 19!

Your feedback helps the city to identify services in which we are performing well and lets us know the areas in which we have the opportunity to improve. It also helps to identify priority projects for Surprise and indicates where limited city funding should go in order to provide the services you most desire.

Vote on Surprise’s water future!

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. To help voters learn more about the ballot measure, we have added new tools and information to the water election website and invite residents to one of our upcoming public meetings. We are holding public meetings on the following dates:

April 4, 6 p.m.
Desert Oasis Elementary Cafeteria/Multipurpose Room, 17161 W Bajada Road

April 12, 5 p.m.
Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

April 18, 4 p.m.
Sun City Grand, Sonoran Plaza – Palms Room, 19789 N Remington Drive

April 19, 6 p.m.
Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N Spring Lane

For more information, please visit the water election website at, or contact the Surprise Water Resource Management Department at or 623.222.7100.

Council approves new sign code with increased options for permanent & temporary signage

At the Tuesday, March 6th meeting, City Council voted to approve a new City Code Chapter 113, which addresses signage. The update aims to balance business needs with aesthetics, while meeting the requirements of law.

Under the new code, Businesses will have increased options for permanent signage and are permitted to use limited temporary signage, which was not allowed under the old code. For highlights of the new sign code, see our press release. To view the full sign code, visit

Surprise public transit survey is now available online

The city is conducting a Transit Feasibility Study and is seeking public input to determine what forms of public transportation will be most successful in Surprise.

The launch of the Transit Feasibility Study and public survey were announced during the February 20th City Council Work Session. The Transit Feasibility Study will look at demographics, socioeconomic characteristics of the city, and how people travel in the Surprise area.

The goal is to understand how transit can best serve Surprise residents and visitors, including what type of services will be needed and where transit will be most successful. We encourage you to visit to complete the online survey and learn more about the Transit Feasibility Study, upcoming public meeting dates and more.

Surprise Police Department Annual Appreciation Event

The Surprise Police Department held their Annual Appreciation Celebration on Friday, March 2 at Christ Church of the Valley (CCV) in Surprise. Police employees, volunteers, Councilmembers and family members enjoyed dinner and the awards ceremony. The following employees and volunteers were recognized for their selfless service and commitment to our residents and community.

  • Rookie of the Year – Officer Christopher Smith
  • Supervisor of the Year – Lieutenant Norman Owens
  • Civilian of the Year – Kenneth Augusto
  • Detective of the Year – Kristy Coats
  • Officer of the Year – Richard (Rick) Malone
  • Volunteer of the Year – George Busch
  • Citizens Patrol Member of the Year – Kathryn Jonas
  • Distinguished Service Award – Tina Jennings
  • Lifesaving Award – Officer Christopher Smith
  • Lifesaving Award – Officer Russell Jurn

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Finance staff completed the third in a series of presentations regarding the development of the FY19 budget. The focus of this session was on the City’s reserve polices and General Fund revenue sources. In FY2018, the City had a total of $38.6 million in reserves across all funds. Per City policy, each individual fund must maintain either a minimum dollar amount or percentage of expenses in reserve. For example, the General Fund has a two-month reserve policy (16.67%) that is broken into three components; 10% for operations, 5% for budget stabilization, and 1.67% for emergencies.

The FY2018 budget includes $124.9 million in General Fund sources which is comprised of intergovernmental revenue, charges for services, local sales tax, primary property tax, and franchise fees. Based on discussion held during this work session, the Finance Department will move forward with the preparation of the City Manager’s Recommended Budget under the assumption that the City will maintain the property tax rate of $0.7591 in FY2019. You can follow the budget-building process at

Funding released for Decide Surprise bond projects

Design work and some land acquisition deals can commence on several of the Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond Projects, following City Council.

City Council approved the authorization for staff to spend $5,058,800 to begin design work and land purchases for Fire Stations 304 and 308; design improvements to sections of Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads; design and build out of the Public Works Operations Facility; and pavement preservation. Read more…

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