A row of students show their bookmark contest awards in front of the Surprise City Council dias.

May 2022 • Newsletter

I want to give a big shout-out to all the great folks here in the City of Surprise. City Council closed the month of March by celebrating the 2022 State of the City event on March 31. What a great job our staff did on that. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us and a huge thank you to our performers who put on a stellar show!

April started with a bang on Sunday, April 3, when I, along with Mayor Hall, Councilmember Duffy and Councilmember Judd joined the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission as they inducted the following individuals into the Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame during the Spring Training game:

  • Charlie Woodland (former Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission member)
  • Kevin Uhlich (Previous Senior VP of Business Operations for the Kansas City Royals)
  • Mike Swanson (Previous VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Kansas City Royals)
  • Andrew Benintendi, Michael A. Taylor and Salvador Perez (Current Kansas City Royals Players)
Surprise City Council joins members of the Parks and Recreation Commission on the Surprise Stadium field.

At our City Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 5, Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Maricopa County for the $26 million building of a multigenerational community resource center. The next day, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors also voted to approve the IGA, dedicating $18 million of their federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward the project. The City is committing $8 million from a combination of City ARPA funds and General Fund dollars. This partnership with Maricopa County will create an estimated 38-thousand square-foot center on City-owned land in Surprise’s historic Original Town Site. The new campus will improve resources for families, seniors, youth and vulnerable populations by centralizing and expanding programs and services from several aging city buildings, including the Surprise Resource Center, Hollyhock Library and Surprise Senior Center. The campus will be at the corner of Hollyhock Street and Santa Fe Drive and should be completed by 2025.

Also at the City Council Meeting on April 5, Mayor Hall proclaimed April as Water Awareness Month in Surprise, joining the annual statewide campaign to help raise awareness about the value of conserving water in the Southwest. Later, Dysart Unified School District’s 2022 Bookmark Contest Winners were awarded. We have some very artistic young folks living in our city.

Of course, on Friday, April 8, I had my monthly AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat at AZ Traditions.

Wednesday, April 13, I had a Nominations Committee Meeting where Vice Mayor Cline and myself interviewed applicants for the Arts and Culture Commission and Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission vacancies.

On Tuesday, April 19, you found me at our City Council Meeting where Mayor Hall Proclaimed the month of April as Fair Housing Month in Surprise in celebration of National Fair Housing Month. This month we feel grateful for the Fair Housing Act that was passed on April 11, 1968. This law is designed to protect Americans from facing discrimination in selling or buying houses.

The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there.

A PowerPoint slide showing city property taxes.We’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV), plus the secondary property tax rate of $0.3880 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV). These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

Property Tax Current Rate Current Levy Proposed Rate Proposed Levy  
Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,974,100 $0.7591 $10,873,200 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)
Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $5,097,800 $0.3880 $5,557,500 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)

Well, I will close for now. Be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Take care,
Roland F. Winters Jr.