Category Archives: D4 News

Current information and events about the Surprise District 4 community.

D4 meeting open to all residents for discussion on future OTS projects

Residents from across the city are invited to attend the next District 4 Community Meeting to discuss proposed improvement projects in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS).

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 6 p.m., at the Roy Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N. Hollyhock Street.

This meeting is the next step following last year’s successful Heritage Overlay discussion in which residents engaged with the city to create positive zoning changes for the OTS.

Through these discussions, the city learned residents wanted new amenities to support youth, employment, retail and quality affordable housing.

The public is encouraged to attend this event to meet with city staff and other partners to discuss the potential for new public-private partnerships to stimulate improvement projects in the area around the city’s existing facilities on Hollyhock Street.


Reunión del distrito D4 será disponible a todos los residentes de Surprise para discusión sobre futuros proyectos de sitio original de Surprise

Se invita a los residentes de toda la ciudad a asistir a la próxima reunión comunitaria del Distrito 4 para discutir proyectos propuestos de mejoramiento en el sitio original de la ciudad (OTS).

La reunión está programada para el Miércoles 15 de Noviembre a las 6 p.m. en el Roy Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N. Hollyhock Street.

Esta reunión es el siguiente paso después de la exitosa discusión de Heritage Overlay del año pasado en la que los residentes se comprometieron con la ciudad para crear cambios de zonificación positivos para el OTS.

A través de estas discusiones, la ciudad aprendió que los residentes querían nuevas comodidades para apoyar a los jóvenes, el empleo, el comercio minorista y la vivienda asequible de calidad.

Se pide que el público asista a este evento para reunirse con el personal de la ciudad y otros socios para discutir la potencial de nuevas asociaciones público-privadas para estimular proyectos de mejora en el área alrededor de las instalaciones existentes de la ciudad en la calle Hollyhock.

Community Meeting: Arts & Culture Master Plan, Bond Election & Special Events Updates

Join Councilman Remley for his monthly community meeting this Wednesday, September 27 to get updates on what is happening in District 4 and around the city!

This meeting agenda includes:

  • Arts & Cultural Master Plan update
  • Bond Election Presentation
  • Upcoming Special Events

The meeting will be held at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street, at 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Councilman Ken Remley at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov.

August D4 Home Beautification Award winner announced

District 4 Councilmember Ken Remley has selected the home of Gulmara and Luz Trujillo as the August D4 Home Beautification Award winner!

Councilmember Remley launched this program earlier this year as a way to recognize residents in his district who show pride in their home through renovation and maintenance activities.

The Trujillo home at 13015 W. Tara Lane was selected for having a clean, fresh appearance and well-maintained landscaping, including a topiary bush shaped like a burro.

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.

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

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.