Public Notices

  1. Notice of Surplus Property Auction 


    posted (04/16/2021)

    Pursuant to Surprise City Code §2-361, notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise intends to sell surplus equipment owned by the City at publicsurplus.com. Auctions are schedule to end on April 20, 2021 at 8:00 p.m., April 21, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. and April 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.


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


  2. Notice of Intent for New Development Services Payment Processing Fee


    posted (03/04/2021)

    Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S) § 9-499.15 notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise intends to discuss and take action to establish a new development services payment processing fee for credit/debit card transactions at the Regular City Council Meeting on May 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Surprise City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374. Due to COVID-19, Council Chambers may be closed to the public. Please check the meeting agenda, when posted, for remote comment instructions. A schedule of the proposed fee including the amount of the fee and a written report or data that supports the fee is available on the home page of the City’s website located at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ and at the City Clerk’s Office, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374.

    Fee Name Current Amount Proposed Amount Unit of Measure
    In-Person Development Services Payment Processing Fee for Credit/Debit Card Transactions $   - 2.0% Per Transaction Amount
    Online Development Services Payment Processing Fee for Credit Card/Debit Transactions   2.8% or $1.25 minimum Per Transaction Amount

    Financial Justification

    Electronic payment systems process payments by utilizing proprietary services, infrastructure, and software that route information and data to facilitate transaction authorization, clearance, and settlement that merchants utilize in order to accept credit cards. Processing fees for credit/debit card transactions vary by payment gateways, card networks, and card processors that are primarily calculated as a percentage of the transaction amount. Currently, the average processing fees for electronic payments with the City is approximately 2.0% in person and 2.8% online.

    These processing fees, which have been absorbed by the City, result in a reduction in the revenue realized by development service fees. Specifically, from July 2020 through December 2020, the City processed 5,400 credit/debit card transactions for development services totaling approximately $7.5 million. As a result, the City has paid $176,533.03 in processing fees.

    DESCRIPTION FISCALYEAR EFF DATE AMOUNT COMMENTS
    Taxes Charges Service Fees 2021 08/31/2020 $37,923.67 ONLINE PAYMENT-MISC GOV SERVIC
    Taxes Charges Service Fees 2021 09/30/2020 $25,118.48 ONLINE PAYMENT-MISC GOV SERVIC
    Taxes Charges Service Fees 2021 10/23/2020 $32,658.11 ONLINE PAYMENT-MISC GOV SERVIC
    Taxes Charges Service Fees 2021 11/21/2020 $18,580.62 ONLINE PAYMENT-MISC GOV SERVIC
    Taxes Charges Service Fees 202 12/31/2020 $33,250.72 ONLINE PAYMENT-MISC GOV SERVIC
    Taxes Charges Service Fees 2021 12/31/2020 $29,001.43 ONLINE PAYMENT-MISC GOV SERVIC
    Total: $176,533.03

    The various development service fees, as adopted by City Council to ensure adequate funding of the City’s planning agency as mandated by A.R.S. § 9-461.04, do not factor in, or include, credit/debit card processing fee costs. Therefore, adoption of a development service payment processing fee is necessary to account for this loss of revenue.

    Additional information may be obtained by contacting Andrea Davis, Finance Director, at 623.222.1853.


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


    posted (04/16/2021)

    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 15, 2021 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 2021 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


       *Current Rate  Current Levy  *Proposed Rate  Proposed Levy  
     Property Tax
     Marley Park Community Facility District  $3.4771  $1,481,600  $3.4771  $1,819,700  *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 2021. 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 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 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.
  4. Notice of Intent to Establish/Update Secondary Property Tax Rates for Streetlight Improvement Districts


    posted (04/16/2021)

    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 15, 2021 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 2021 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.
  5. Notice of Intent to Update the Primary and Secondary Property Tax Levy


    posted (04/16/2021)

    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 15, 2021 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 2021 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


       Current Rate  Current Levy  Proposed Rate  Proposed Levy  
     Property Tax
     Primary Property Tax Rate  $0.7591  $9,135,500  $0.7591  $9,974,200  Per $100 assessed value
     Secondary Property Tax Rate  $0.3880  $4,669,500  $0.3880  $5,098,200  Per $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 2021. While the rate is unchanged, the total levy amount will increase due to new construction, and increased assessed valuations on existing property, totaling $554,500. 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.