Surprise budget forecast still good for 2022

By Jason Stone | Your Valley

Surprise Mayor Skip Hall remembers the city’s rock bottom.

He had just joined the government as a councilman in 2008 when finances got hairy because of the Great Recession.

He recalls the mistakes the city made that set it back a decade.

“We as a city did not respond quick enough,” Mr. Hall warned the six other members on the Surprise City Council at an April 16 budget retreat at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. “We were looking at things going to heck in a hand basket, and we didn’t respond in cutting the budget.

“If we have another downturn, we’ve got to respond to it.”

It’s a good thing downturns are nowhere on the city’s radar right now, however. Instead, Surprise officials said the forecast for fiscal year 2022 looks strong despite lingering effects from a global pandemic.

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