Public Safety and the safety of our residents needs to be our #1 priority in Surprise. That's why I voted to increase our Police funding by over $4 million in this year's city budget. A new Fire Station will also be opening in Surprise this year to help us decrease response times and keep our residents safe. Our first responders deserve leaders who support public safety. Surprise police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line every day, and we need to provide them with the proper resources they need to stay safe and keep us safe.
Our residents want places to work and things to do in Surprise. Individuals and families should not be forced to leave Surprise for jobs and entertainment. This year, Amazon will be bringing over 300 jobs to Surprise. We need to continue to create the high paying careers that our residents deserve. I voted to fund our Economic Development Department with a $1 million contingency fund to attract jobs and businesses to Surprise to benefit our residents. In addition, I support continuing to build out our Surprise City Center with family-friendly entertainment for residents.
As a civics and government teacher, I know firsthand that education is our foundation and the future of Surprise. I became a teacher because I have a passion for our youth and want to give back to the community that made me who I am. I am committed to fostering public-private partnerships between schools and local businesses that benefit our community and students. We also need to create new opportunities and places to go for all of our families and youth. I voted for funding for our new Countryside Park, which will begin soon.