Public Notices

  1. Notice of Call of Election

    posted (10/18/2021)

    Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise, Arizona will hold elections as follows:

    Primary Election: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
    General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (If Applicable)

    Offices to be filled – Three (3) Council Seats, Districts 1 (Acacia), District 5 (Palm), and District 6 (Palo Verde) – all 4 year terms ending in December 2026.

    Candidate Packets with Petitions are Available Now. Candidates are required to fill out and sign a Statement of Interest before petitions can be circulated.

    Candidate Packet Filing Deadline: Nomination paper, financial disclosure statements, affidavit of qualifications and petitions are due no earlier than Monday, March 7, 2022 and no later than Monday, April 4, 2022 – 5:00 p.m. Candidate packets need to be filed at the City Clerk’s Office – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

    Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 5, 2022

    For further information or to set up an appointment for a Candidate’s Packet, please call the City Clerk’s Office @ 623-222-1220.

    CONVOCATORIA DE ELECCIONES

    Aviso Público de la Ciudad de Surprise, Arizona. Por la presente se notifica que la Ciudad de Surprise, Arizona celebrará elecciones de la siguiente manera:

    Elección primaria: martes, 2 de agosto de 2022 Elección general: martes, 8 de noviembre de 2022 (si corresponde)

    Oficinas que se llenarán: tres (3) asientos del consejo, distritos 1 (Acacia), distrito 5 (Palm) y distrito 6 (Palo Verde), todos los términos de 4 años que finalizan en diciembre de 2026.

    Los paquetes de candidatos con peticiones ya están disponibles. Los candidatos deben completar y firmar una Declaración de Interés antes de que las peticiones puedan ser distribuidas.

    Fecha límite de presentación de paquetes de candidatos: el documento de nominación, las declaraciones de divulgación financiera, la declaración jurada de calificaciones y las peticiones vencen no antes del lunes 7 de marzo de 2022 y a más tardar el lunes 4 de abril de 2022 a las 5:00 p.m.

    Los paquetes de candidatos deben presentarse en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

    Fecha límite de registro de votantes: martes, 5 de julio de 2022.

    Para obtener mas informacion o para programar una cita para el paquete de un cadidato, llame a la oficina de secretario de la ciudad.


  2. TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING NOTICE OF TAX INCREASE

    posted (04/22/2022)

    IN COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 42-17107, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, THE CITY OF SURPRISE IS NOTIFYING ITS PROPERTY TAXPAYERS OF THE CITY OF SURPRISE'S INTENTION TO RAISE ITS PRIMARY PROPERTY TAXES OVER LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. THE CITY OF SURPRISE IS PROPOSING AN INCREASE IN PRIMARY PROPERTY TAXES OF $529,980 OR 5.3%.

    FOR EXAMPLE, THE PROPOSED TAX INCREASE WILL CAUSE THE CITY OF SURPRISE'S PRIMARY PROPERTY TAXES ON A $100,000 HOME TO BE $75.91 (TOTAL PROPOSED TAXES INCLUDING THE TAX INCREASE). WITHOUT THE PROPOSED TAX INCREASE, THE TOTAL TAXES THAT WOULD BE OWED ON A $100,000 HOME WOULD HAVE BEEN $72.21.

    THIS PROPOSED INCREASE IS EXCLUSIVE OF INCREASED PRIMARY PROPERTY TAXES RECEIVED FROM NEW CONSTRUCTION. THE INCREASE IS ALSO EXCLUSIVE OF ANY CHANGES THAT MAY OCCUR FROM PROPERTY TAX LEVIES FOR VOTER APPROVED BONDED INDEBTEDNESS OR BUDGET AND TAX OVERRIDES.

    ALL INTERESTED CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE TAX INCREASE THAT IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD JUNE 7, 2022 AT 6:00 PM AT THE CITY OF SURPRISE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 16000 N. CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, SURPRISE, AZ, 85374.

    THIS NOTICE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY INDEPENDENT ON 5/24/22 AND 5/31/22.



  3. Notice of Intent to Update the Secondary Property Tax Rate for Marley Park Community Facilities District

    posted (04/22/2022)

    Notice is hereby given pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 9-499.15 that the Marley Park Community Facilities District (MPCFD) intends to levy an increased secondary property tax for the District. The property tax will be adopted by the Marley Park Community Facilities District Board of Directors on June 21, 2022 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 2022 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 RateCurrent Levy*Proposed RateProposed Levy
    Marley Park Community Facility District
    $3.4771
    $1,819,700
    $3.4771
    $2,073,600
    *Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value

    Written Report Supporting the Tax

    The City of Surprise is proposing to hold the secondary property tax rate at $3.4771 for tax year 2022. While the rate is unchanged, the total levy amount will increase due to new construction, and increased assessed valuations on existing property.

    The City of Surprise will levy a secondary property tax pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 48-716 and § 48-723 for the purpose of issuing 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 to pay the annual debt service payment and related administrative fees/expenses and a portion of operations and maintenance of the district. Operation and maintenance is $0.30 per $100 of assessed value. The secondary property tax rate will be re-calculated each fiscal year. The FY2023 budget includes a debt issuance not to exceed $13,079,200.

    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.

    The City of Surprise streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise or tune into Cox channel 11. Agendas are posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.


  4. Notice of Intent to Establish/Update Secondary Property Tax Rates for Streetlight Improvement Districts

    posted (04/22/2022)

    Notice is hereby given pursuant to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 9-499.15 that the City of Surprise intends to update 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 21, 2022 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 2022 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

    Please see attached Schedule

    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.

    The City of Surprise streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise or tune into Cox channel 11. Agendas are posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.


  5. Notice of Intent to Update the Primary and Secondary Property Tax Levy

    posted (04/22/2022)

    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 Surprise City Council will adopt the property tax on June 21, 2022 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 2022 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 TaxCurrent RateCurrent LevyProposed RateProposed Levy
    Primary Property Tax Rate$0.7591$9,974,100$0.7591$10,873,200Per $100 assessed value
    Secondary Property Tax Rate$0.3880$5,097,800$0.3880$5,557,500Per $100 assessed value

    Written Report Supporting the Tax

    The City of Surprise is proposing to hold the primary property tax rate at $0.7591 for tax year 2022. While the rate is unchanged, the total levy amount will increase due to new construction, and increased assessed valuations on existing property, totaling $529,980. 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 first of two issuances were finalized at the end of FY2018. The final issuance of G.O. Bonds was issued in FY2021, which completed issuance of the amount of bonds authorized in the City election. 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.

    The City of Surprise streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise or tune into Cox channel 11. Agendas are posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.



  6. Notice of Surplus Property Auction 

    (posted 05/26/2022) 

    The City of Surprise hereby gives notice of its intent to sell City owned surplus property through Public Surplus scheduled for June 2 ending at 8:00 p.m.

    For a list of items to be sold, please visit the Surplus Property/Online Auctions page.