I am proud to lead a city that places such a high priority on citizen safety and well being. Partnering through neighborhood watch programs and our public safety personnel has yielded a close community that looks out for one another. Chief Frazier should be proud of his department’s strong record of keeping Surprise safe. Click here to read more…
See pages 15-16 on the Census 2010 Senior Populations
Mayor and Council Town Hall Meeting held on October 31, 2012 included topics such as transportation, jobs and education. Continue reading Town Hall Meeting on October 31
It is always a great feeling when you can count on your Vice Mayor to run a meeting!
Thanks Vice Mayor Williams.
Mayor Sharon Wolcott and City Manager Chris Hillman will be holding meetings in Washington early next week as part of the City’s commitment to advancing regional and Surprise issues at the federal level. Continue reading Surprise advancing agenda, relationships with DC trip
Hundreds if not thousands of Surprise residents signed on to the Luke Forward campaign. They joined me at the public EIS meetings to voice our support for bringing the F-35 to Luke. I thank everyone who turned out, the elected officials at all levels who united to advocate for Luke, and the men and women of the Department of Defense for listening to Arizona and making a wise decision that is good for our country.
Read the official news release from Luke Forward at http://1.usa.gov/R8Q6or
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Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously approved a $168.4 million budget for FY13, which begins July 1. The budget includes $4.3 million in expense reductions and puts us firmly in the driver’s seat in getting city finances in shape once and for all.
I am very proud of the unity and diligence shown by the Council. Under a tight deadline, we reviewed department budgets line by line and held weeks of public discussion. City Manager Chris Hillman and his staff did an extraordinary job providing us with more data than I have ever seen during a city budget cycle. Our community can be sure this is the most thoroughly vetted budget Surprise has seen in a long time.
The process was complicated by the results of the FY11 budget audit, which became known in February. Imbalances among internal funds required the City to transfer millions from the general fund, draining our reserves to near zero. Council set a very ambitious goal for Mr. Hillman: we want those reserves, which according to our policy represents two months of expenses or roughly $13 million, replenished no later than June 20, 2014. He crafted an FY13 budget that reduces expenses, including $2.9 million in personnel costs, and is a big first step in meeting our two year goal.
Council also acted responsibly by combining and reducing our discretionary and travel funds for FY13, saving our taxpayers $25,000, a 30% reduction over last year.
It was a rigorous and exciting process which I believe served the citizens of Surprise very well. Now, I look forward to a very active summer on behalf of our residents!