City Council approved a $412.7 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget, during their Regular Meeting Tuesday.
The budget continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure, while also addressing the needs of a growing community.
To address growing Public Safety demands, this budget includes 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 include 11 new employees to address city growth in water, sewer and sanitation 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 $105.8 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.
At previous public meetings, Council has indicated their intention to maintain the property tax rate at $0.7591. That vote is scheduled for the June 18th meeting. All regular meetings are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. They 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.