Public Notices

  1. Notice of Intent to Increase the Primary and Secondary Property Tax Levy


    posted (04/18/2019)

    Notice is hereby given pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 9-499.15 that the City of Surprise intends to levy an increased primary and secondary property tax. The property tax will be adopted by the Surprise City Council on June 18, 2019 at or after 6:00 pm at City Hall Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. After adoption, these tax rates will be effective for the 2019 tax year. This Notice, including the schedule of new taxes and the written report supporting the new tax is available on the City’s website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

    Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

    Property Tax Current Rate Current Levy Proposed Rate Proposed Levy  
    Primary Property Tax Rate $ 0.7591 $7,879,900 $ 0.7591 $8,551,100 Per $100 assessed value
    Secondary Property Tax Rate $ 0.4200 $4,359,900 $ 0.3880 $4,371,000 Per $100 assessed value

    Written Report Supporting the Tax

    The City is proposing to hold the primary property tax rate at $0.7591 for tax year 2019. While the rate is unchanged, the total levy amount will increase due to new construction, and increased assessed valuations on existing property, totaling $383,000. The increased levy will enable the City to maintain current levels of service.

    The City of Surprise will levy a secondary property tax pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 35-458 for the purpose of retiring the debt associated with the Surprise General Obligation Bonds which were approved by voters on November 7, 2017. The City will levy a secondary property tax each year until the General Obligation debt has been retired.

    The City anticipates issuing two separate series of bonds to utilize the general bond obligation authorization approved by the voters. The first issuance was $37,730,000. The secondary property tax is used to cover the annual debt service payments and related administrative fees/expenses. The secondary property tax rate will be re-calculated each fiscal year.

    Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Finance Department at 623-222-1800.
  2. Notice of Intent to Increase the Secondary Property Tax Rate for Marley Park Community Facilities District


    posted (04/18/2019)

    Notice is hereby given pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 9-499.15 that the Marley Park Community Facilities District (MPCFD) intends to increase the secondary property tax rate for the District. The property tax will be adopted by the Marley Park Community Facilities District Commission on June 18, 2019 at or after 5:30 pm at City Hall Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374. After adoption, these tax rates will be effective for the 2019 tax year. This Notice, including the schedule of increased taxes and the written report or data supporting the new tax is available on the City’s website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/

    Schedule of Existing Secondary Property Tax

    Property Tax Current Amount Current Levy Proposed Amount Proposed Levy
    Marley Park Community Facility District $ 3.9365 $1,115,400 $ 4.5722 $1,580,900 Per $100 assessed value

    Written Report Supporting the Tax

    The City of Surprise will levy a secondary property tax pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 48-716 and § 48-723 for the purpose of retiring the debt associated with MPCFD General Obligation Bonds that were approved during a special election held on December 7, 2004. The MPCFD will levy a secondary tax of $0.30 per $100 of assessed value plus an additional amount calculated each year in which debt is outstanding. The MPCFD anticipates a debt issuance of approximately $8,800,000 which is expected to increase the debt service payment to an estimated $1,509,300 for FY2020. The secondary property tax rate is used to cover the annual debt service payment and related administrative fees/expenses. The secondary property tax rate will be re-calculated each fiscal year. 

    The annual statements and estimates of the operations and maintenance expenses of the district, the costs of capital improvements to be financed by the tax levy or levies and the amount of all other expenditures for public infrastructure and enhanced municipal services proposed to be paid from the tax levy or levies are available on the City’s website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ as well as on file in the office of the Surprise City Clerk located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374. 

    Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Finance Department at 623-222-1800.
  3. Notice of Intent to Establish/Increase Secondary Property Tax Rates for Streetlight Improvement Districts


    posted (04/18/2019)

    Notice is hereby given pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 9-499.15 that the City of Surprise intends to increase the secondary property tax rate for the following street light improvement districts. The property tax rates will be discussed and adopted by the Surprise City Council on June 18, 2019 at or after 6:00 pm at City Hall Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374. After adoption, these tax rates will be effective for the 2019 tax year. This Notice, including the schedule of new/increased taxes and the written report or data supporting the new tax is available on the City’s website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

    PDF FileView Schedule of Existing/New Secondary Property Tax for Streetlight Improvement Districts

    Written Report Supporting the Tax

    The City of Surprise will levy a secondary property tax pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 48-616 for the purpose of purchasing energy for street lights within the boundaries of the respective street light improvement district (SLID). The levy rates for ad valorem (SLIDs) and the tax amount for equal apportionment SLIDs are calculated on an annual basis taking into account estimated electricity costs, administration fees, and the net assessed limited property value and, in the case of equal apportionment, the number and classification of properties within the respective SLID. The annual statements and estimates of the expenses of the districts and collection of ad valorem taxes upon the assessed value of all the property real and personal in the districts or by an equal apportionment of taxes based on the number and classification of properties within the districts are available on the City’s website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ as well as on file in the office of the Surprise City Clerk located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

    Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Finance Department at 623-222-1800.


  4. Notice of Surplus Property Auction

     
    posted (5/24/2019)

    The City of Surprise hereby gives notice of its intent to sell City owned surplus equipment on-line at Public Surplus.

    For more information, please visit the Surplus Property/Online Auctions page.