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Surprise Council Considers Bond Options

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By Richard Smith for Daily News-Sun

Two months after its formation, Surprise’s bond exploratory committee reconfigured the list of projects during what turned out to be its final meeting April 22.

Then the 17-member group handed the bond back to the city council with three doors to choose from, so to speak.

The final report to the council will include project lists voted on by committee members for bond proposals on $50M, $60M and $75M.

And the council may well choose door No. 4 — to not seek a bond election in 2015 since a Dysart Unified School District override vote is all but assured [to be included] on the ballot.

Here’s how the three lists of projects break down:

  • For a $50M proposal: Greenway Road improvements, courtroom accessibility and safety, Dysart and Greenway intersection improvements, Litchfield Road improvements, an Adaptive Response Unit, Fire Station 308, pickleball courts, a nearly $10M aquatic center, Greenway Road improvements, a Public Safety/Public Works warehouse, a police evidence facility expansion, 8 Acre Park fencing and $12M in pavement preservation.
  • The $60M list includes all these items, plus a permanent Fire Station 304 north of Grand Avenue near 163rd Avenue.
  • The $17.4M rec center is near the top of the list for a $75M bond, which also adds Waddell Road work from Reems Road to Loop 303. But permanent Fire Station 304 falls off that list.

Reynolds said the committee’s final report will be up for discussion during the May 19 City Council meeting.


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