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Shopping locally matters!
When you shop and dine in Cedar Park, 2 cents of every dollar you spend stays in Cedar Park. It helps fund our parks, roads, drainage and other city services. Plus it helps bring better quality, higher paying jobs to Cedar Park. It helps keep our property tax rate low and our quality of life high. So make sure you “Got it in Cedar Park.” It’s why we’ve got it all … right here!
Shopping locations in Cedar Park-1
How shopping locally works for you
First, you must shop within the Cedar Park City limits in order to contribute to our local economy. Click to see a map of our major shopping corridors and shopping locations. (Hint: if you have to bring your own bag to a store to shop, chances are you are not shopping in Cedar Park!)

The sales tax rate on taxable items sold in Cedar Park is 8.25%. 6.25% goes to the State, but the remaining 2%, or 2 cents, of every dollar you spend stays in Cedar Park. One cent goes into the City’s General Fund, which is used to fund City services such as Police, Fire, the Library and Parks & Recreation. The more that goes into the City’s General Fund, the less the City relies on property taxes in order to operate. This is how shopping locally helps keep your property tax rate low.

The other 5/8 cent goes towards community and economic development projects, as well our 1/8 cent to our new voter-approved stormwater drainage program. In 1998, Cedar Park voters chose to direct a half-cent to fund community development to enhance our community, and the other half-cent to fund economic development to help bring more jobs and enhance the local economy. In 2018, Cedar Park voters chose to redirect 1/8 of a cent from economic development a stormwater drainage program.  No matter how you slice it, these pennies all add up to millions of dollars that stay right here in Cedar Park!

Recent projects

Here are some recent examples of how your sales tax dollars are used for Economic Development to help create more economic opportunity and jobs in Cedar Park:

The Parke - web-1The Parke opened in April 2017. TIG Real Estate completed the extension of all four lanes of Scottsdale Drive which has opened up the eastern tract of Scottsdale Crossing for development. They have broken ground on 4 additional spec buildings (@ 30,000 sf each) that will be ready for occupancy by early summer 2018.  Revenue Cycle Inc., moved in to their new 30,000 sf headquarters at Scottsdale Crossing in June where they employ over 100 people with an estimated annual payroll over $5.8 million.  Visual Lighting Technology relocated their operations from California to Hur Industrial Park where they purchased an existing 20,000 sf building. The project currently employs 30 people.  Swagelok is under construction on their 30,000 sf distribution/sales and service facility in Brushy Creek Corporate Park with completion projected for late spring 2018. The project will employ 25 people.  Innovative Funding Services is under construction on their 30,000 sf headquarters at La Jaita Business Park which is projected to be completed by late spring 2018. At full ramp up the project will employ 200 people. Fifteen Five Corporation will build a 20,000 sf headquarters in two phases on Medical Parkway. The first phase is projected to be completed by late summer 2018. Fifteen Five will employ over 100 people at full ramp up.  Clear Cube has purchased the 25,000 sf building at Scottsdale Crossing and are underway the interior build out. Once Right turn lane-1the build out is completed Clear Cube will be relocating their operations in to the building.

Some examples of how your sales tax dollars are used for Community Development projects in Cedar Park include the addition of right turn lanes added to several intersections to help improve the flow of traffic throughout Cedar Park and decorative wayfinding signs to help point drivers to City facilities and attractions – among other community development projects.

"Give us your 2 cents, and we'll give you ________!" 
Those two pennies for every dollar you spend shopping in Cedar Park really do add up, and there are so many possibilities for how these funds can be used to enhance our community and local economy. Here are some other major projects, park, improvements, roads, bridges and other special projects you have helped fund in Cedar Park over the years, by shopping locally:


H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
The single biggest tangible example a project funded by local sales tax is H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. In 2008, the City of Cedar Park invested about $44M in sales tax funds to build this multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue. It has paid dividends to our community, in the form of bringing more tourism dollars in our local economy, surrounding retail, hotel and dining development, and more local jobs … not to mention top-billed entertainment and professional sports action home, to Cedar Park!

Veterans Memorial monument

Veterans Memorial Park
Local sales tax dollars helped build the Veterans Memorial Monument at Veterans Memorial Park, the shade structure at the Cedar Bark Park Dog Park, and will bring a future community garden there.

 Shade structure over pool Elizabeth Milburn Park
Elizabeth Milburn Park is one of Cedar Park’s most popular recreation spots. Over the years, nearly a quarter million dollars in local sales tax dollars has brought the construction of a wiffleball field, pool shade structure, park shade structure, new playground structure with built-in shade and a shade for the basketball court, plus improvements to the soccer field.
 Shade structure over playground Playground shade structures
Nobody wants a sunburn from playing outside! That’s why you’ll see new shade structures at several of our parks and playgrounds, including Brushy Creek Sports Park Playground, Gann Ranch Park Playground, Lone Tree Park Playground, Heppner Bend Park Playground, Heritage Park Playground, Forest Oaks, Park Place Park and Oakwood Glen Park—all thanks to local sales tax.
 Lit up street sign for Bell Boulevard Internally lit street signs
Don’t you just love being able to read our street signs when you drive around at night in Cedar Park? Those internally lit street signs you see at most of our major intersections came from local sales tax dollars.
 car driving down road with flowers in foreground

Better roads
Driving through Cedar Park is a breeze, with the help of local sales tax funding. It has helped pay for widened roads, sidewalks, medians, signals, enhanced lighting and other improvements to several roads. Some local sales tax-funded road projects include Brushy Creek Road between 183A and Parmer Lane, Park Street at Bell Boulevard, and Whitestone Blvd. between N. Bell Blvd. and 183A.

 Exterior of Cedar Park Regional Medical Center Cedar Park Regional Medical Center
Local sales tax dollars helped bring a hospital and the highly specialized jobs that come with it to Cedar Park. Opened in 2007, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center offers state-of-the-art medical care locally, with 85 private patient rooms and a full-service emergency department. CPRMC offers a full spectrum of patient services and critical care close to home.