How Sun City West Is Governed

Sun City West is a “census designated area” and an unincorporated community. As such, it does not have the usual city government structure. Maricopa County provides street maintenance, building and zoning codes, law enforcement and public health services.

The Property Owners and Residents Association (PORA) manages community affairs.

The Property Owners and Residents Association (PORA) has a board of 7 elected residents.   PORA, the Sun City West Property Owners and Residents Association, is a non-profit organization serving the interests of the unincorporated community of Sun City West since 1979. Membership and business service fees support PORA’s efforts in being the voice for good government in Sun City West and supporting the community with programs and events. In addition to its Vendor Consumer Services and OASIS Education Program. PORA maintains offices for the Sun City West Visitors Center, and a satellite office for the Arizona State Attorney General, U.S. Congressional Representative and the Arizona Tax Assessor. PORA operated under the leadership of the General Manager.

PORA’s Board of Directors serve voluntarily and look after the interests of Sun City West by working with local, state, county and Federal governments on issues impacting the community.  PORA intervenes and participates in all utility rate proceedings before the AZ Corporations Commission. (ACC).

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West, Inc. is responsible for operating and maintaining the community’s $100-million worth of recreational amenities. A Governing Board of 9 elected residents sets overall policy and hires a General Manager to run the day-to-day operations. Members of the Governing Board head various committees that are advisory in nature and which take advantage of the great wealth of experience existing within the community.