The Surprise City Council voted to form the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee to provide recommendations regarding the use of general obligation bonds in funding capital improvement projects.
The council elected to merge the Planning and Zoning Commission and Community and Recreation Advisory Commission, with two members from the Dysart Unified School District, one Nadaburg School District delegate and a member of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce to serve on the ad-hoc bond committee.
This 17-member committee will meet over the next several months and review the benefits of funding 11 capital improvement projects; welcome public input; identify appropriate communication methods for educating residents and voters; and provide City Council with a written report of their findings no later than May 31.
City Council will consider its position relative to a bond program in June 2015.
Specific projects are included in three categories, that were evaluated by the city staff.
Widening of portions of Greenway, Litchfield, and Happy Valley roads, a new fire station, police property and evidence facility, court accessibility and safety items, a regional multi-generational recreation center, aquatic center, and 8 Acres Park improvements are currently on the list to be evaluated by the committee.
Should all three proposed bond packages go before and be passed by voters the property tax on the average $150,000 home would increase by $99 per year, or $133 increase for a home valued at $200,000.
Additional details about committee meetings will be publicly noticed and promoted to engage resident input. Meeting dates, times, and locations will be posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov.