City Manager Mike Frazier’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 City Manager Recommended Budget, presented at City Council’s April 16 Work Session, continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure, while also addressing the needs of a growing community. The FY2020 Recommended Expenditure Budget is $414 million.
To address growing Public Safety demands, this budget recommends the following 18 full-time positions:
3 EMTs, 3 Paramedics / 5 Firefighters / 1 Community Risk professional / 5 sworn Police Officers / 1 Court Clerk position
The utility enterprise funds would add 11 employees to address city growth. Water Resource Management would add 9 full-time employees in water and sewer; while Public Works would add 2 for solid waste services.
Additional funding is programmed for compliance of Proposition 206 to cover the minimum wage increases for part-time employees. The budget also includes personnel and service-related increases such as medical premiums, cost of living, pension contribution rates, software licenses, water user rates and library intergovernmental agreements.
The Recommended Budget includes $106.3 million for Capital Improvement Projects. These funds support new projects such as facilities and roads as well as support asset replacement and maintenance needs to existing infrastructure, including public safety vehicle replacement; road maintenance; information technology, recreation and utility infrastructure.
General Fund revenues are expected to increase seven percent from the FY2019 adopted budget, due largely to population growth and a favorable economy.
“Our budget process provides flexibility so that once City Council adopts an expenditure ceiling, staff can monitor revenue and expenditure patterns throughout the year and make appropriate real-time adjustments to spending if warranted,” says City Manager Mike Frazier.
A public hearing and Council’s Tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the May 7 Regular Council Meeting; with final budget adoption scheduled for the June 4 meeting. All meetings are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. and are carried live on Surprise TV and online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. You can also follow the budget process at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.