The Community Fishing Water sign at Surprise Community Lake.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • February 2022

Thank you for signing up to receive my newsletter and updates. It is my goal to ensure you receive a monthly newsletter containing important City updates as well as upcoming events. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications. I am always available to hear your comments, questions, concerns or complaints! You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1326.

A New Leaf

A New Leaf logoThough primarily known as a nonprofit that provides shelter and other services for domestic violence victims, A New Leaf provides a range of programs for Valley homeless, families, foster children and those in need of financial advice. Now, more of these services will be available in person in Surprise. The Arizona Department of Housing awarded $1.14 million to A New Leaf to support the West Valley Housing Support Center in Surprise. Construction is set to begin on the $1.5 million project in April 2022 with opening expected by September. The center will offer temporary housing to women and families as well as housing support services to far-West Valley residents in need of permanent housing, employment and other related services. For information on A New Leaf’s other services, visit turnanewleaf.org/services.

West Valley State of the State Address

Governor Doug Ducey speaks at the West Valley State of the State Address.Governor Ducey gave his eighth and final State of the State Address to local dignitaries, business leaders and community members on Wednesday, January 12. The event took place at the Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, hosted by WESTMARC. He referred to the West Valley as the “heartbeat of Arizona” and deemed the area the “economic driver for the state of Arizona” in the decades to come. It may be his last year, but he promised a busy 2022, focusing on education and the southern border changes.

USTA Tennis Series

A tennis ball on a tennis court.The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments.

  • February 4-6: Adult 65 and Over 6.0 and 9.0 Men and Women
  • February 11-13: Adult 65 and Over 8.0 Men & Women

These events will take place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex located at 14469 W. Paradise Ln. Fans can take advantage of free admission and enjoy all of the tennis action! For a complete list of events and match schedules, please visit the USTA League tournament page. For information on open court availability and tennis programs, please contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Tax Preparation Assistance Program

The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns for free. Tax preparation assistance will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. Please note the Resource Center will be closed on Monday, February 21, for President’s Day. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

Surprise Tentative Budget Kick-Off

The FY2023 budget building process has begun! The Finance Department will give a series of presentations to City Council over the next few months, and the City Manager will release his Recommended Budget in April, which will be followed by public review and then final adoption of a balanced budget in June. Please stay tuned to future Council Meetings for the overall development of the budget and upcoming annual process.

Surprise Spring Training

AZ Cactus League 2022The 20th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game at Surprise Stadium, featuring home teams – the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Season ticket, mini-plan packages and single-game tickets for the 2022 Spring Training Season are on sale now at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on February 6 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. The next Sunday in the Park is April 3.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • February 7-11, Trout
  • February 21-25, Trout
  • March 7-11, Trout
  • April 11-15, Catfish
  • April 25-29, Catfish

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on February 1 and 15 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my D6 community meeting on February 22 at 6 p.m. at Venue Taproom, 13699 N Litchfield Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.