Let’s talk! D3 Quarterly Meeting- May 24

Hello District 3 Neighbors!

I’m hosting my next D3 Quarterly Meeting on May 24, 6 pm, in the Community Room at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

I hope you can make it! There are so many things happening in our city that I want to share with you. Please let me know if you can make it, so I can add to the agenda to include information that is most important to  you.

RSVP by calling 623.222.1300 or email our Council Assistant Jodi Tas at jodi.tas@surpriseaz.gov

I’m looking forward to getting to know you better and chatting about our great city!

Thanks,

John Williams

FY18 Recommended Budget released

City Manager Bob Wingenroth presented a $336.5 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Recommended Budget to City Council at Tuesday’s Work Session.

The Recommended Budget maintains existing city services and identifies creative options to maximize some resources.

That includes securing outside revenue sources and reallocating the operating budget to provide new positions that address public safety, water and inspection demands. Two public safety grants (SAFER Grant and COPS Hiring Program) will partially fund a five-member Fire-Medical Peak Time Response Unit and two police officers, focused on community policing, through 2019.

The Recommended Budget also includes $49.8 million to support the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is used to maintain, preserve, and/or replace city infrastructure. This includes funding for pavement preservation of city streets, vehicle replacement and aging communications, information technology, recreation and utility infrastructure.

There are also two recommended financial policy revisions regarding the Minimum Fund Balance Policy for the General fund and the Stormwater and Workers’ Compensation funds that will provide clearer definition for the reserves to strengthen the city’s financial position.

The FY18 Recommended Budget will be available at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Council is scheduled to vote on the final budget in June.