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, 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 locally works for you
First, you must shop within the Cedar Park City limits in order to contribute to our local economy. Click here 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!)

Operations
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
Police officer talking to girl

Fire
Firefighters walking through smoke

 The Library
Librarian reading to kids

 Parks & Recreation
Boys sliding from water slide

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.

Projects
The other cent goes towards community and economic development projects. That’s because 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. It all adds up to millions of dollars that stay right here in Cedar Park!

"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 just a few of the major projects, park improvements, roads, bridges and other special projects that you have helped fund in Cedar Park by shopping locally:
Cedar Park Center exterior at night

Cedar Park Center
The single biggest tangible example a project funded by local sales tax is Cedar Park Center. 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.

Last updated: 1/13/2014 12:41:55 PM