Surprise Finance Director Andrea Davis outlines parts of the Surprise budget at the Feb. 2 Surprise City Council meeting. COURTESY SURPRISE TV
By Jason Stone | Your Valley
When COVID-19 shut down spring training on March 12, it brought with it an uncertain economic future for the city of Surprise.
As city staff worked on putting together the fiscal year 2021 budget last spring, the pandemic triggered furloughs of city staff, a hiring and salary freeze and the elimination of all non-essential spending.
But a year later, the city’s financial leaders are feeling a lot better about its future. In fact, it feels more like full steam ahead with budget planning for fiscal year 2022.
“Fortunately, we are going into ’22 in a relatively healthy position considering all things that have happened,” Surprise Finance Director Andrea Davis told the City Council Feb. 2. “Although we are not wealthy, we are on a solid foundation.”