Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • March 2019

As we enter March and the warm weather begins to arrive, there is no better time to get outside and enjoy the benefits of Surprise.

Spring Training

Spring Training is officially underway so get your tickets and spend an afternoon at the ballfield. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office with prices ranging from $8 to $45. The full schedule may be found online at

Fire Station Open House

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding an open house at City Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N Cotton Lane, on March 2 from 9 – 12pm. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! For more information, call 623.222.5000

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

Spring cleaning will begin with our residential waste cleanup event. Drop off up to 2000 pounds of residential waste March 9 from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W Deer Valley Road. Please note there is one load per household. You will need to show your driver’s license and a utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Level 4 Youth Event

Calling all teens! On March 9 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., the City will host the Level 4 Youth Event. There will be dancing, food, art and a view from the 4th level of the parking garage. Free event with high school ID. Please call 623.222.1033 for more information.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

Sunday in the Park is hosting live music by Lane Change. Come enjoy some great food and music on March 10 from 5 – 8 pm at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Avenue. For more information please visit

Please visit for more detailed information on any of the events, as well as other community activities. As always, please feel free to email with any questions or concerns.

What you need to know:

City Council approved the Utility Rate Study effectively adjusting the five-year rate schedule for city-serviced solid waste customers at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Single-family solid waste customers will pay a monthly base rate of $20.70 starting July 1, 2019 and with another scheduled increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged in FY 2020-2024. This is the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. There were no increases for more than 8 years between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2018. The Utility Rate Study was initiated in November 2018 to review utility base rates and create a five-year structured schedule based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. Information regarding the Utility Rate Study can be found online at