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Nominate a neighbor for the Home Beautification Award

My District 4 Home Beautification Award program is aimed at recognizing residents who show pride in their home through renovation and maintenance activities.

One winner is announced each month at my monthly community meeting and receives a framed professional photo of their home, a certificate of appreciation and gift certificates.

You can nominate a neighbor for the award by contacting Council Assistant Jodi Tas at jodi.tas@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1330.

Cruz family wins first D4 Home Beautification Award

Congratulations to Jorge & Monica Cruz, the winners of the District 4 Home Beatification Award for the month of May.

Their home at 12844 W Greenway Road featured a perfectly maintained white picket fence, beautiful flowers and trees that grace the front lawn.

At the June 6 Council Meeting, Councilmember Remley award the Cruz family with a framed professional photo of their home, a certificate of appreciation and gift certificates to Home Depot and Moon Valley Nursery.

Councilmember Remley will be traveling around his district’s neighborhoods looking for the next home beautification success story! One winning home will be announced each month at his District 4 community meetings, held on the last Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street.

To learn more about the program, please contact Councilmember Remley at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1300.

It’s time to Decide Surprise as Council sends 3 bond questions for Nov ballot

At their June 6th Regular Meeting, City Council approved sending three General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation to the ballot in a Special Election on November 7, 2017. All registered voters in Surprise will receive a ballot by mail.

Residents are invited to learn more about the projects, costs and voter information at a specialized website Decide Surprise www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

The projects included in the following questions were based on community needs, comments received from residents during the 2016 bond election outreach process, and input received during and after the Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee’s April 19 meeting.

Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $34 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build  a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize  operations. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $15.5 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

General Obligation Bonds are sold to investors who are repaid with interest. The repayment comes from a secondary property tax, which Surprise does not currently have.   If all three questions are approved, the annual secondary property tax could be up to $46 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value, or approximately $4 per month.  ($92 per $200,000 in Limited Property Value, or approximately $8 per month).  You can determine the exact cost to your property by following the steps listed at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the November 7 Special Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Voter registration for this election closes on October 9. You can register online by visiting:  https://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/registrationform.aspx, or stop by the Surprise City Clerk’s Office in person Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Council oks FY18 budget that maintains services & property tax rate

The Surprise City Council approved a $275.8 million Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, at a Special Meeting Tuesday night.

The budget maintains existing city services and identifies creative options to maximize some resources.

That includes securing outside revenue sources and reallocating the operating budget to provide new positions that address public safety, water and inspection demands.  Two public safety grants (SAFER Grant and COPS Hiring Program) will partially fund a five-member Fire-Medical Peak Time Response Unit and two police officers, focused on community policing, through 2019.

This budget maintains the city’s current property tax rate of $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property valuation. Due to new construction and higher property valuations, as assessed by Maricopa County that would generate approximately $380,100 in new money. The primary property tax levy is set to support the uses of the General Fund and provides a more diversified revenue system that protects city services.

The budget also dedicates $49.8 million to support the city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is used to maintain, preserve, and/or replace city infrastructure. This includes funding for pavement preservation of city streets, vehicle replacement and aging communications, information technology, recreation and utility infrastructure.

There are also a number of financial policy revisions regarding the level at which Council adopts the budget, who can amend the budget, minimum fund balances for the new Stormwater and Workers’ Compensation funds, and clearer definition of the reserves and their potential uses in the General Fund to strengthen the city’s financial position.

Council will vote to set the property tax levy and revise the financial policies at their June 20 Council Meeting.

The FY18 Budget will be available at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

City, Valley Metro host public meeting to discuss Dial-a-Ride transition, June 14

The city of Surprise, in partnership with Valley Metro, will host a public outreach meeting on Tuesday, June 14 to provide current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride passengers an opportunity to learn about the new transportation service models prior to the July 1 transition of Dial-a-Ride to RideChoice and Valley Metro Paratransit.

The outreach meeting will be held in the Surprise City Hall Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, on June 14 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. A brief presentation will begin at 4 p.m.

Information about the shared route Senior Bus will also be presented at the meeting.

Following the presentation, city and Valley Metro representatives will be available to answer questions about the transportation services.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact the ADA coordinator at 623.222.3531 (Voice); or 623.222.3503 (TTY) at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made.

Customers unable to attend the meeting can stay informed about the Dial-a-Ride service changes by visiting surpriseaz.gov/transportation.

First recipient of District 4 Home Beautification Award announced

The first recipient of the District 4 Home Beautification Award has been announced!

District 4 Councilmember Ken Remley launched an award program this month to recognize residents in his district who show pride in their home through renovation and maintenance activities.

The first recipients of the award are Jorge and Monica Cruz of 12844 W Greenway Road! From the perfectly maintained white picket fence, to the beautiful flowers and trees that grace the front lawn, pride of ownership is apparent!

Award winners receive a framed professional photo of their home, a certificate of appreciation and gift certificates to Home Depot and Moon Valley Nursery.

Councilmember Remley will be traveling around his district’s neighborhoods looking for the next home beautification success story! One winning home will be announced each month at his District 4 community meetings, held on the last Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street.

The award presentations will take place at Surprise City Council Meetings. The Cruz family will receive their award at the June 6 Regular Meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at Surprise City Hall.

To learn more about the program, please contact Councilmember Remley at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1300.

Benevilla Announces Surprise Community Garden Spring Clean Up May 20th

Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier human services nonprofit, announced today that District 4 Councilperson Ken Remley from the City of Surprise along with Stillwater Landscape Management and Benevilla garden volunteers will host a “Spring Clean Up” Saturday, May 20th of the Surprise Community Garden located on the Benevilla Campus at Hellen and John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza, 16752 N Greasewood St., Surprise, AZ, 85374.

Councilmember Remley is asking for local residents and businesses interested in spending a fun and relaxing morning “sprucing up” our local landmark to join him from 7a.m. to 10a.m. at the Benevilla campus. Mr. Remley commented: “The community garden is a wonderful example of the partnership between Benevilla and the City of Surprise. This is place where our community can come together to learn, interact and really appreciate the beauty of our city.”

The Surprise Community Garden, opened in 2012, is a “Community For All Ages” (CFAA) program led by Benevilla in partnership with the City of Surprise and Rio Salado College.

This garden serves as an important space for area residents, children, and local organizations to learn about growing organic food in a desert environment. Individuals and groups can rent their own garden plot to grow produce for themselves or to donate to local food banks. There are currently 100 gardeners working 34 raised-soil beds which are built at a height friendly to young children and wheelchair-bound gardeners.

Volunteers are asked to dress comfortably and bring their own gloves and gardening tools. They will work hand in hand with landscaping professionals removing weeds, trimming shrubs and rejuvenating the garden grounds. Please contact Linda Cabrera, the Benevilla Surprise Community Garden Outreach Coordinator for details and to RSVP at (602) 339-7036.

Started by the community and for the community in 1981, Benevilla is a not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, intellectually disabled adults, children, and families. For more information on services, volunteer opportunities, to take a tour or make a donation to Benevilla, call 623-584-4999 or visit www.benevilla.org.

Council briefed on possible General Obligation Bond questions; Call to Election vote set for June 6

City staff briefed City Council on three proposed General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, at Tuesday’s Work Session.

The three proposed questions and projects, as presented to Council, were determined based on community needs, comments received from residents during the 2016 bond election outreach process, and input received during and after the Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee’s April 19 meeting.

Proposed Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $34 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize operations. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $15.5 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Per City Council consensus at the Work Session, staff will bring back a Call to Election action item at the June 6 Regular Council Meeting. If approved, the three separate bond questions would appear on the ballot in a Special Election on November 7. All registered voters in Surprise will receive a ballot by mail.

View the May 16 Work Session bond discussion

City Council Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. They are open to the public and carried live on Surprise TV and online www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11. All meeting agendas are posted online at least 24 hours ahead of the meeting at www.surpriseaz.gov.

Home Beautification Award Program

Hello neighbors,

My name is Ken Remley and I have the honor of serving as your District 4 Councilmember. I’m so proud to live in this area of the city and I know you are too!

That’s why I launched the District 4 Home Beautification Award Program to recognize our district’s residents that show pride in their home through renovation and maintenance activities.

Here’s how the program works:

I’ll be cruising our neighborhoods on the lookout for home beautification success stories and I’ll
select one monthly winner that will receive a framed professional photo of their home and a $50 gift card to a home improvement store.

Monthly winners will be announced at my monthly District 4 meetings, held on the last Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., at the Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions: ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1300.

K. Remley

D4 Home Beautification Award Program Flyer