City of Surprise budget 2017

With over $50 million in an unaccountable fund (contingency) for their pet projects, the City of Surprise council members don’t need us tax payers to pass a BOND. Lots of luck, next time around.

2017 Budget contingency fund $54 M: 2016 budget $51 M: 2015 budget $110 M

Budgeted expenditures that are set aside for future fiscal years or unforeseen uses are labeled contingency. The financial policy states, “All use of budgetary contingency accounts must be approved by City Council prior to being expended.” Contingency monies are not intended to be spent and represent budget authority that may be approved for use by the City Council.

The council have put $12,497,200 of the contingency money in the grant fund where they intend to spend it.

Second Sundays in the Park concert series continues this Sunday

S‌urprise, A‌Z (January 6, 2017)
The City of Surprise continues its Second Sundays in the Park series this Sunday, January 7. Enjoy a variety of musical hits from 2-4 p.m. as the “8 Tracks” perform in the center of Surprise Community Park.

This free, family event is a wonderful opportunity to picnic and enjoy a day at the park while listening to live musical entertainment. The Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue.

For more information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit

US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road weekly project update

S‌urprise, A‌Z (January 6, 2017) The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of January 9.

Businesses in the Bell-Grand area are open during the construction project. View the latest Construction Business Access Map so you know how to ShopSurprise.

Familiarize yourself with the Bell-Grand interchange traffic configurations before the project is complete in spring 2017! View the ADOT Bell-Grand interchange animation*.

The update is as follows: Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience. If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option #1, or send an email to

City of Surprise Sharon Wolcott

Report finds minority age gap in Arizona is largest in nation

According to analysis of Census data by Stateline, The PEW Charitable Trusts, Arizona had the largest “racial generation gap” in 2013 in which minorities made up only 18 percent of those 65 and older, while those under 18 made up 59 percent of the population.

Position Classification

Annual Pay Rate

Council Member $20,242.00
Mayor $34,017.00
Vice Mayor $20,242.00

News editor Jeff Grant can be reached at or 623-445-2805.

Types of corruption found in local government

There are several types of political corruption that occur in local government Some are more common than others, and some are more prevalent to local governments than to larger segments of government. Local governments may be more susceptible to corruption because interactions between private individuals and officials happen at greater levels of intimacy and with more frequency at more decentralized levels. Forms of corruption pertaining to money like bribery, extortion, embezzlement, and graft are found in local government systems.
Other forms of political corruption are nepotism and patronage systems.
taken from Wikipedia