Category Archives: District 3 News

Council Conversations – Surprise Youth Council

Councilmember David Sanders and I hosted a Council Conversations show with our Surprise Youth Council. Hear from our youth about what the Surprise Youth Council is and what projects they are working on. Plus, get their perspective on what’s important to them, some of city’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, and their favorite places to visit in Surprise. Then, we answered some of their questions for us!

D3 Quarterly Meeting March 21; Includes City Center Input Session

Hello Neighbors,

I am hosting my next quarterly meeting this Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

In addition to holding a Q&A session, I have invited Surprise Center Development Company to host a community input session on the Surprise City Center.

Come share your ideas for future development! This is a great opportunity to help build a downtown core – a place to live, work, shop, eat, play and gather! It’s a chance to help guide growth that ties into our existing Surprise Recreation Campus, Civic Center and Ottawa University.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Surprise, located at 13165 N. Auto Show Ave. Surprise, AZ 85388.

I look forward to seeing you! Plus, you can always reach out to me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1323. Additionally, you can connect with me on Twitter at @Surprise_D3 and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PatrickDuffyD3.

District 3 Meeting November 27: Surprise Utility Rate Study Discussion

Plan to attend a District 3 meeting to learn about the proposed Utility Rate Study. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 27, at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, 13165 N. Autoshow Avenue, Surprise.

About the Rate Study

Surprise City Council was presented with the proposed Utility Rate Study during the Tuesday, November 6 Regular City Council Work Session that, if approved, would adjust city-provided solid waste utility base rates in fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Water and wastewater utility rates would remain unchanged in FY 2020.

The city reviews utility base rates and creates a five-year structure schedule based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. Economic influences such as increases in operational resources and future growth are also considered when adjusting the rates.

The last Rate Study was implemented in FY 2014.

If the Utility Rate Study is approved in February, city-serviced single-family residential solid waste customers would see one of two new base rate options presented to Council. The first is a base rate of $22.40 per month, a $5.44 per month increase. The rate schedule would also raise the solid waste rate by $0.30 each fiscal year beginning in 2020, bringing the rate to $23.60 in FY 2024.

The second option is a base rate of $20.70 that would also begin on July 1, 2019, a $3.74 per month increase; the rate would increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The schedule would then increase the solid waste rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 in FY 2024.

During the discussion Council reached a consensus favoring Option 2.

View the Option 1 and Option 2 rate schedule table

If the base rate increase is approved in February, this would be the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. There were no increases for more than 8 years between 1/1/2010 and 7/1/2018.

Residents who are serviced by private solid waste providers (Park and Sons, etc.) would not be impacted by the Surprise solid waste adjustment; learn who provides your solid waste utility services at surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress.

The proposed timeline for the Rate Study is:

  • December 4, 2018: Public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’
  • February 5, 2019: Public hearing; Council vote on Rate Study
  • July 1, 2019: If approved, new base rates effective

Follow the Rate Study and learn more information about the proposed adjustments at surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.

What’s happening in your city? Get answers at the D3 Meet & Greet!

Hello Neighbors,

There are a lot of great things going on in Surprise, and I have two meetings coming up where you can get updates and ask questions!

My D3 Meet and Greet is this Saturday, February 10 at Jim’s Burger and Eggs, 17019 W. Greenway Road. I will be there from 10 a.m. – Noon and would love if you could stop in and chat for a bit. This is an informal way for me to learn about the issues that are important to you and help answer any questions you may have. Can’t make this one? I host my D3 Meet and Greets every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the same time and same location.

Then, on Thursday, February 22 at 6 p.m., I am hosting my D3 Quarterly Meeting at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, located at 13165 N. Autoshow Avenue. This meeting includes presentations from various city staff. The agenda is as follows:

  • Water Company Acquisition Election
  • Economic Development Update
  • Community Development Update
  • General Obligation Bond Status Update

I look forward to seeing you! Plus, you can always reach out to me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1323. Additionally, you can connect with me on Twitter at @Surprise_D3 and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PatrickDuffyD3.

Patrick Duffy
Councilmember District 3

City begins FY19 budget discussions

The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2019 budget-building process kicked off at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 6.

This was the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. The first presentation provided a general overview of the city’s budget, including revenue sources, city funds and expenditures.

The presentation also highlighted outside issues that influence the outcomes of the budget process. View presentation.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development, including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by months of Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2019 budget in June. FY2019 begins July 1, 2018.

Council agendas are posted online at http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Meet your new District 3 Councilmember Oct. 24

Hello, fellow District 3 residents!

I am honored to be your new District 3 council representative and would love to get to know you at my first community meeting on Oct. 24, 6 pm, at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center,14861 N Spring Ln, Surprise.

I’ll be sharing a little about my passion for the city and why I chose to apply for the D3 Council position. I have also invited city staff to come and share updates on different things happening in the city.

You can expect presentations on the upcoming bond election and the Arts & Culture Master Plan that the city’s creating; you’ll also hear about what’s going on in Economic Development, Community Development and Public Works, including an update on traffic near Paradise Honors.

I hope you can make it, but if you can’t, you can always reach out to me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1323. You can also connect with me on Twitter @Surprise_D3 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100022175423875

I am looking forward to representing you!

Thanks,

Patrick Duffy

City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services receives National Accreditation

The City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Department has received accreditation by the National Recreation and Parks Association.  The Association recognized Surprise’s efforts to provide high quality parks and recreation services and experience to its residents and visitors.

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) has issued a five year accreditation to the city’s Community & Recreation Services Department after meeting more than 140 standards ranging from hiring practices to marketing techniques, from park planning to program implementation.

Community and Recreation Services Director, Donna Miller said the department is “excited for the accreditation”, which came after a preliminary application, self-assessment study and an onsite visit by peer review performed by a CAPRA visitation team.  The three-member visitation team spent several days evaluating the departments administrative and operation practices.

“The accreditation stamp reaffirms that we are among premier agencies in the country,” said Miller.  We have proven that our department follows proper practices and procedures in the administration of our parks, facilities and programs.”

The application and accreditation process was intensive, lasting more than 14 months.  The final step was a hearing through the commission in September.  Immediately following the hearing city staff received the good news and are thrilled to be recognized for following these important standards.

The public will benefit from the accreditation by knowing that the city is adhering to best practices in the field of parks, facilities and programs.  It also shows partners, potential funders and the public that Surprise operates under such standards.

“The best part of this process is that all of the staff was involved, which provides ownership and pride in the programs and services in which they offer to the residents,” said Miller.

Council appoints Duffy to fill D3 vacancy

The Surprise City Council approved the appointment of Patrick Duffy to represent the residents of District 3 at their Tuesday night Regular Council Meeting.

Duffy replaces John Williams, who resigned from Council on August 15, 2017.

Duffy is a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch and for the past 9 years has worked part-time as a City of Surprise Recreation Leader 3. He has lived in Surprise for eight years, two of them in D3. Duffy was a member of the Surprise Municipal Property Corporation Board and through his city service has been part of numerous Community and Recreation Services events including Spring Training support, Relay for Life events and Cal Ripken All-Star games. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.

Duffy will be sworn into office at the next Council meeting on October 3.

The term expiration for the appointment will be December 31, 2018; and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled Council election in August 2018.