CITY MANAGER’S RECOMMENDED FY2017 BUDGET
City Manager Bob Wingenroth will present his recommended 2017 fiscal year budget to the City Council at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. You can now view the recommended budget on the city’s website: www.surpriseaz.gov/budget. Next year’s budget addresses the Council’s top priority – public safety. As many of you know, Surprise is recognized as one of the safest cities in the nation, and the Council is dedicated to continue providing top-notch public safety services for our growing community. The FY17 budget will fund an additional 12 police officer, 7 firefighter and 1 emergency manager positions as well as a city judge and city prosecutor. These positions will be funded with new tax revenue. Through the combination of reducing the city’s sales tax rate from 2.2% to 2.12% and establishing a food-for-home-consumption tax of 2.12%, the needed $2.4 million will be generated to pay for these “mission-critical” positions.
The recommended budget also allocates additional resources to maintain, preserve and/or replace aging infrastructure, such as roads. Having well-maintained streets is a very important need in our community, so we’ll be stepping up our efforts to maintain our roadways by increasing funding to the city’s pavement preservation program to $4.5 million in FY17. The program’s budget over the past five years has averaged $1.8 million annually.
I encourage you to take the time to review the City Manager’s recommended FY17 budget as well as watch Tuesday’s Council meeting online (either live or “on demand”). After reviewing the budget, we want to hear from you! Does the recommended budget reflect the needs of our community? Is there a better way to fund the proposed public safety positions? Providing input to us is easy. You can submit a “Council Meeting Public Comment Form” to address the Councilmembers and me during a Council meeting. You can also call us at 623.222.1300 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEAL OF THE DAY!
A new “ShopSurprise” incentive program has been launched to support nearby businesses during the Bell/Grand bridge construction project. The program offers residents special coupons and shopping promotions, prizes and drawings and a “deal of the day; just text the word “ShopSurprise” (one word) to 40518. You can also visit www.shopsurpriseaz.com for all the current deals being offered by businesses. Let’s all do our part to support these businesses during construction.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
Providing jobs closer to home for residents is an ongoing priority of the City Council. So, it gives me great pleasure to report that approximately 1,000 jobs will be available at the Surprise Job Fair on Tuesday, April 19. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Communiversity at Surprise, 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza. In addition, a Teen Job Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in the Mayor’s Atrium and Community Room at City Hall and across the walkway at Communiversity at Surprise. More than 12 employers will help teenagers secure summer jobs. In addition, two career-related breakout sessions will be conducted.