Ducey doles out $115M CARES Act funds to universities

A program at the University of Arizona to test 250,000 people to see if they’re immune to COVID-19 hasn’t gotten the public demand that was expected.

Ducey fires agency director who defended tax hike

The head of the state Department of Revenue was ousted December 29, the apparent victim of taking a legal position on a new tax contrary to that of Gov. Doug Ducey, his boss.

State Supreme Court rejects GOP bid to void election

State tax collector wants Prop 208 to take effect

The state Department of Revenue wants a judge to quash efforts by business interests and some Republican legislators to keep a new tax to fund education from taking effect.

The state’s high court late Tuesday threw out a bid by the head of the state Republican Party to void the results of the presidential race.

State’s oldest residents elevated on list for first COVID-19 immunizations

Arizona’s oldest residents are going to be moved up on the list of who gets the first COVID-19 immunizations.

COVID-19 vaccinations have started 

The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived which means the end of this pandemic is in sight. We are committed to full transparency, so we’ll keep you informed on everything related to the vaccine and what you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

Because the initial vaccine supply is limited, we’ve started administering it to frontline health care workers and they will continue to be the first to receive it. Watch this video of our first health care workers getting vaccinated. 

Holidays in Surprise

2020 City of Surprise Observed Holidays

 Holiday Observed
 New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1, 2020
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Monday, January 20, 2020
 Presidents’ Day Monday, February 17, 2020
 Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2020
 Independence Day Friday, July 3, 2020
 Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2020
 Veterans’ Day Wednesday, November 11, 2020
 Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 26, 2020
 Thanksgiving Day Friday, November 27, 2020
 Christmas Day Friday, December 25, 2020
 FLOATING HolidayAny one scheduled workday off*

 * Please refer to Employee Policy Manual regarding when the floating holiday can be scheduled.

If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday will be observed as the holiday.
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed as the holiday.

Council Meetings

All meetings of the city council and mayor subcommitties will comply with the requirements of Arizona Revised Statute. Title 38, Chaper 3, Article 3-1. Prepare for tomorrow : Success comes clear strategy and effective execution.

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal , with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. Ronald Reagan


Did you know?

The city of Surprise has three available water sources:

  • groundwater
  • reclaimed water
  • Colorado River water (surface water from the Central Arizona Project).

Currently, Surprise relies solely on groundwater for drinking water purposes. We also utilize reclaimed water for agricultural and landscape irrigation and some surface water for irrigation purposes.

Drinking Water | Official Website – Surprise, Arizona – City of … › Drinking-Water

There are 13 additional water service providers in the City’s special planning areas. Use the “To Find Your Water Provider” link below to see who your water …

City Limit Growth – City of Surprise › View › 10-Development

PDFThe City of Surprise’s population is projected to reach approximately 750,000 residents upon buildout of the City’s Planning Area. This means, with a current …


We’re here for you

When you need round-the-clock care, Hospice of the Valley has ten palliative care units located conveniently throughout the Valley to serve people in their communities.

Our Surprise palliative care unit opened in 2007 to serve one of the region’s fastest-growing areas. The freestanding home is 10,000 square feet, with 17 private patient rooms, each with French doors that open to outdoor patios. The building is full of light and has a warm and comfortable atmosphere. A family room and kitchen serve as a gathering spot for families and visitors.

Hunting in Surprise

Other Services

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  5. Other Services City of Surprise offers other disposal services such as Christmas Tree disposal, Moving Box pickup, disposal of unused medicines and home medial sharps disposals.


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The City of Surprise is seeking a service-centered individual to join our City Manager Office Team as a Management Analyst. A successful candidate will be a community-focused and responsive professional with strong verbal and written communication skills. Other desired skills include administrative and municipal government policy and planning research experience to support our growing city. 

Surprise: Vote for a strong mayor system


About 158,000 results (0.53 seconds) Search Results Web results Arizona – Arizona News …

Why is it then that the public seems to be generally unaware of the council-manager form, and sees the position of Mayor as the “boss of the city?” Perhaps because chief executives at the state and national level do have a higher profile management role, or because a colorful, flamboyant stereotypical Mayor makes a more appealing character for movies or novels, and that the strong mayor form still remains more common in the eastern part of the country and in many of the nation’s largest cities.

JDM Partners LLC, and its development partner, El Dorado Holdings, are close to breaking ground on a visionary model of a 21st century city. Douglas Ranch will be America’s most dynamic master-planned community, covering 37,000 acres in the West Valley that will include 119,000 homes and 59 million square feet of commercial and retail space. It is estimated the project will cost $8 billion to $10 billion to develop over the next 25 years and become home to 300,000 residents.

To create a safe and secure environment for our patients and our health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, visitors will no longer be allowed in Banner locations in Arizona starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 22. These restrictions have already been implemented in Tucson locations.

We understand this will be challenging, but we’re committed to taking the necessary precautions to protect you, your family, our health care workers and the community. 

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period
Ends December 7
With Banner Medicare Advantage, you’ll get both quality health care and comprehensive insurance coverage in a single plan – including prescription drug coverage –  making it easy and more convenient to stay healthy. 

Council minutes 11/02/2020

Because agenda I. Other Business and Future Agenda Items and agenda J. City Council Reports was blank, I asked the city if there was any discussion on these 2 agenda’s.

Sharpies, stolen ballots stir conspiracy theories in close election

With hundreds of thousands of votes left to count and high-profile races undecided, some Arizona leaders, national pundits and social media provocateurs have already started spreading conspiracies to undermine faith in election results.

Arizona secretary of state: “Of course, we’re going to count all the votes”

From CNN’s Austen Bundy


PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement as Arizona continues to count the results of the 2020 election:

“Arizonans turned out in historic numbers for this election, and we owe it to them to count their votes. The results have shifted greatly hour by hour, and from last night until today. With hundreds of thousands of votes still outstanding, it’s important that we be patient before declaring any races up or down the ballot. Arizonans have cast their votes, and we need to make sure all their voices are heard fairly and accurately.”


New York (CNN Business)Americans aren’t the only ones obsessed with next Tuesday’s vote.British bettors are wagering a record amount of money on the US presidential election, dwarfing the amount wagered on any sporting event or even their own nation’s politics.As of Wednesday morning, £220 million, or about $284 million, had already been wagered on the Betfair Exchange, said Darren Hughes, a spokesman for Betfair. The London-based company operates the world’s largest online betting exchange.Americans can now legally wager on sporting events in many states, but it’s illegal to wager on elections, either here or in the UK.


Does Walmart have curbside pickup?

To help alleviate that stress that comes with holiday shipping delays, Walmart will offer contact-free curbside pickup for online orders on Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Going this route can save shoppers from any shipping-related headaches and get you your products in sooner. Plus, there’s little risk of your packages going missing.

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