Shopping local 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!
How shopping local works for you
In order for in-person shopping to local benefit Cedar Park residents in these ways, residents must shop within the City limits of Cedar Park. This can be confusing because there are some areas, especially in south Cedar Park, that have a Cedar Park mailing address but are actually located inside of a neighboring city that is not Cedar Park. To help residents see exactly where the Cedar Park shopping boundaries lie, the City has created this Shop Locally map. The green area indicates the Cedar Park City limits.
What about shopping online?
Cedar Park residents can also support our community by shopping online. If the retailer has a presence in Texas, the retailer will remit tax dollars to the City where your mailing address is located. For example, when you place an online order with most big box stores you see here in Texas, or even Amazon, which has fulfillment centers in Texas, then have it delivered to your home within the Cedar Park City limits, two cents of the sales tax is remitted to 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.
Another cent goes towards community and economic development projects, as well the storm water drainage program. Here's the breakdown: a half-cent funds community development projects such as parks and trail improvements, intersection improvements, wayfinding signage and other quality-of-life projects. Another three-eighths of a cent funds economic development projects that help us retain and recruit employers to Cedar Park. And now, one-eighth of a cent goes towards storm water drainage.
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 storm water 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 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 built four additional spec buildings (@ 30,000 sf each) ready for occupancy in mid 2018. Revenue Cycle Inc., moved in to their new 30,000 sf headquarters at Scottsdale Crossing in June 2017 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 completed its 30,000 sf distribution/sales and service facility in Brushy Creek Corporate Park in 2018. The project employs 25 people. Innovative Funding Services completed its 30,000 sf headquarters at La Jaita Business Park in 2018, as well. 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 was finished in 2018. Fifteen Five will employ over 100 people at full ramp up. Clear Cube relocated its operations to 25,000 sf building at Scottsdale Crossing, too!
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 local:
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
Veterans Memorial Park
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.