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District 5 Newsletter • March 2019

Utility Rate Study Approved by City Council

City Council approved the Utility Rate Study during the February 19th Regular Council Meeting, effectively adjusting the five-year rate schedule for city serviced solid waste customers at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019.

Single-family solid waste customers will pay a monthly base rate of $20.70 starting July 1. 2019 and with another scheduled increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged in FY 2020-2024. This is the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. For information regarding the Utility Rate Study, it can be found online at

Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Hospital

I had the opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting for the Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Hospital at the beginning of the month and to see what this state of the art facility has in store for our community

Destiny Springs Grand Opening

Surprise Fire-Medical Station 305 Open House

It was great to attend the open house for Fire Station 305 and meet our first responders. Here is some information regarding an upcoming open house for Fire Station 303:

March 2nd – Station 303,15440 N.
Cotton Lane Open house is from 9 a.m. – noon.

Come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Individuals that attend will even get to look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear, and tools used on emergency calls!

Valley Partnership February Breakfast

I attended the Valley Partnership Breakfast where I had the chance to listen to a panel of real estate, financing, and development executives. This panel discussed the Arizona economy and what they expect it to look like in 2019 and beyond.

Valley partnership

Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon

To kickoff Spring Training here in Surprise, I attended the Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon where I had the opportunity to listen to representatives from the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers talk about their eagerness to start their season off right here in Surprise. Be sure to check out them out this season at the Surprise Stadium. Tickets are available at

spring training luncheon

Building Home for Heroes

The City Council and I attended a great event here in the community where non-profit organization Building Homes for Heroes and Chase Bank partnered to donate a mortgage-free home to a veteran in our community. It was a special event to attend and see how these organizations teamed up to serve our community.

Welcome Home Heroes

Upcoming Events

City Center Community Meeting

On March 7th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. there will be a Community Meeting at Sun Village in the multi-purpose room to discuss the development of City Center. Residents are encouraged to attend. Sun Village is located at 17300 North Sun Village Parkway

State of the City & City Hall Celebration

On March 28th from 6-8 p.m., our city will be hosting its annual State of the City. This year, we will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of our City Hall. The festivities will start in the council chambers of City Hall, where Mayor Hall will kick the event off with a State of the City video presentation. Then, the community is invited to the celebration in in the courtyard and first floor of City Hall with food, entertainment and more! This will be a great event for residents to interact with their city government. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Surprise Youth Council is Recruiting

The city is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council. Youth Council members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including the Mayor and City Council, to give youth a voice in city issues and to help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they are attending a middle or high school within the Surprise City limits, attending a Dysart Unified School District, or reside within Surprise city limits.

Applications are being accepted now through March 24. The application consists of a video submission, no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds and should include the following information:

  • Your Name, grade, school you attend
  • Why you want to be on SYC
  • If you could bring one thing to this city or change one thing, what would it be? What can you and a group like SYC do about it?
  • Briefly tell us about a time you were fearless, creative, or hardworking

Videos can be submitted to Lord Garcillano by uploading your application video from your Google Drive and sharing it with

Applicants must also have a parent or guardian complete and return a Parent Acknowledgment Form.

Please visit or contact Lord Garcillano at 623.222.1035 or for more questions.

Spring Training

Spring Training is in full swing here in Surprise. Make sure you take the time to check out the awesome fan experiences and ticket promotions we have going on at Surprise Stadium. Visit for tickets and promotions. I hope to see you out at the ballpark!

Household Hazardous Waste Event

You no longer have to wait in line to drop off your household hazardous waste. Instead, we will be coming to you. Starting April 1-12, Surprise residents will now be able to schedule appointments to have their household hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes. Scheduled pick up will occur April 8-19. For more information, visit

District 5 Newsletter

District 5 Appointment

I am humbled and honored to have been appointed District 5 Councilman for the City of Surprise. Having lived in Surprise for the past nine years, I am proud to call Surprise home.

Councilmember David Sanders swearing in

My professional background is in International Business and Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University- San Marcos. I have served on the city’s Community and Recreation Advisory Commission since 2013 and was a member of the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee in 2015.

The term expiration for this appointment will be December 31, 2020, and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled council election in August 2020 per Arizona statute.

Events & Meetings Attended

Surprise Martin Luther King Celebration

Surprise Martin Luther King Celebration

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the city of Surprise hosted a day of celebration and service on Saturday, January 19th. It was truly a great opportunity to be a part of this celebration.

Seventh Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

I also had the opportunity to attend The Seventh Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, presented by Thunderbird Artists and the City of Surprise, which was held January 11-13. It was a great atmosphere to be around with live music and a variety of food trucks.

Meeting with Sun Village

Mayor Skip Hall and I met with the Sun Village community manager to discuss the community and its needs.

Meeting with Surprise Center Development Company

I had a great meeting with the officials from the Surprise Center Development Company (SCDC). We discussed potential development plans for the city center. It is important that we start building a good working relationship with the land owners to help kick start the development in the heart of the city. Bringing in new businesses and venues generates the engine of economic growth for our city.

Upcoming Events

Surprise Fire-Medical Station 304 Open House

It was great to attend the open house for Fire Station 304 and meet our first responders. Here is some information regarding upcoming open houses for Fire Stations 305 & 306

February 2nd- Station 305 – 15517 N. Parkview Place Surprise, AZ
February 16th- Station 306 – 16645 W. Clearview Blvd Surprise, AZ

Both open houses are 9 a.m. – noon. Come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Individuals that attend will even get to look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear, and tools used on emergency calls!

Surprise Spring Training

Spring Training is right around the corner here in Surprise, especially right here in our own District 5! The road to the World Series starts February 23rd! Come check out the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals! For tickets and game promotions, visit