October 2019
E-Newsletter from the City of Cedar Park
Cedar Park City Council adopts lowest tax rate since 1998 with new budget
‘Framing our Future’-themed budget focuses on essential services and infrastructure 
The Cedar Park City Council adopted ad valorem property tax rate of 44.7 cents for every $100 of property valuation – representing a 2/10-cent decrease from last year’s 44.9 cents – at its September 26, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting. Combined with the new homestead exemption that City Council unanimously passed in 2018, the average Cedar Park homeowner may see roughly a $4.50 monthly increase in his or her property taxes paid to the City of Cedar Park in 2020. Property taxes paid to the City represent only about 18 percent of the total tax bill; the rest goes to the school district, county and other taxing entities. This also marks the seventh consecutive year City Council has lowered the tax rate and it is the lowest Cedar Park has seen since 1998. 

With the new tax rate City Council passed a $58.1 million General Fund budget for FY 2020. The theme of the proposed budget is Framing our Future , focusing on managing the City’s ability to service and buy down as much as $2.95 million in debt saving approximately $1 million in interest payments and investing in essential services and infrastructure to meet the expectations of residents. It includes the third and final takedown of voter-approved General Obligation Bond funds from the 2015 Bond Program, as well as a significant investment in public safety. Half (50 percent) of the General Fund operational budget goes towards public safety, with $348,523 funding two new Police positions and $807,500 earmarked for Police and Fire additional compensation including an increase to their overall pay plans as well as tenure-based annual step increases based per their meet-and-confer agreements. 

The majority of new capital projects in the FY 2020 budget are bond-funded, including $8.6 million in transportation projects such as RM 1431 between Bagdad Road and Anderson Mill Road, Brushy Creek Road from Arrowhead Trail to Ranch Trails and Lakeline Park roadway infrastructure; $18.24 million for the future new library construction; and $2.5 million in voter-approved bond funding for Parkland and Development.

Two cents of local sales tax for every dollar spent on shopping and dining within the City Limits of Cedar Park stay in Cedar Park and help offset the City’s reliance upon property taxes to fund the budget: one cent supports the General Fund, a half cent goes to the Community Development (Type B) fund, 3/8 cent goes to the Economic Development (Type A) fund. An eighth of a cent goes towards Stormwater Drainage, approved by voters in 2018.

Community Development Capital Projects ($5.17 million) include:
·          Lakeline Park Phase I
·          The Bell Boulevard Redevelopment Project
·          Bell Boulevard Park planning
·          A trail connection associated with the relocation of James Avery
Artisan Jewelry’s second headquarters
·          Right turn lanes on Southbound Bell Boulevard at westbound Cypress
Creek Road
·          Additional improvements to the Cedar Bark Park at Veterans Memorial
Park and
·          Engineering of the Brushy Creek North Fork Trail

Cedar Park is the Central Texas next major job center, so Economic Development continues to be a major theme of the Cedar Park budget – through funding existing 380 agreements and building the Economic Development fund for future agreements. The FY 2020 budget also sees to the full implementation of the City’s relatively new Stormwater Drainage Program, with capital projects that include the Block House Creek Park Channel, the lower area of Cluck Creek, Ranchettes 2 and 3 and Riviera East.   

City Manager Brenda Eivens says, “This structurally balanced budget recognizes that the decisions made today in the management of the City’s finances and assets, frame and guide the City’s ability to provide exceptional service, safety, and infrastructure not only today, but into the future. As Cedar Park enters its 47 th year as a city, we proudly reflect on how Cedar Park’s steady growth over the years has transformed us into the vibrant community that we are today. This budget delivers value to our residents with continued public safety excellence and maintaining and enhancing our community assets that make Cedar Park the best place for families.”

New FY 2020 budget information will be updated this week on the MyCedarParkBudget.com website , where you will be able to see highlights of the budget and gain a better understanding of the budget and what all your property tax dollars support. There you’ll find animated illustrations, interactive explanations, and a property tax calculator – in which you can enter your home’s assessed value and instantly see a chart that shows exactly where your property tax dollars go.  
Veterans Ceremony
Come honor our Veterans and show your patriotic pride.
Date:   November 9, 2019

Event Time:  10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Location:   Veterans Memorial Park -
2525 W. New Hope Dr.

10 a.m. - Military displays and booths

11 a.m. - Veterans Ceremony

11:30 p.m. - 12: 30 p.m. - Military displays and booths

For information, contact 512-401-5500.
The Mayor's Monarch Pledge
The Mayor's Monarch Pledge is a tri-national initiative with the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Communities commit to:

  • Creating a habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators

  • Educating residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community

494 mayors have taken the pledge over the last 4 years, including our own!
Halloween in the Hall
Fire Department Reaccreditation
Please help us congratulate our Fire Department on earning Reaccreditation status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). They are the first fire department in Central Texas and one of only nine in the State of Texas to achieve this status. They are one of only 84 fire departments in the nation that are both ISO Class 1 and Accredited. Way to go CPFD!  Read the full press release here!
Heads Up Cedar Park
Be sure your kids stay safe while trick-or-treating. Watch for vehicles when crossing the street, walk in groups or with a trusted adult and carry a light or use reflective tape on costumes.
There’s more to safety than just obeying traffic laws. It’s about how everyone – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers – looks out for one another. So have a Heads up, Cedar Park, for our friends, family members and neighbors, and help keep each other safe. 
Click on the button below to see videos, photos and get a downloadable/printable flyer with safety tips.
Smart 9-1-1
Give 9-1-1 the information they need to help you fast. We have partnered with Smart 9-1-1, a critical resource that can help emergency responders get to you faster during an emergency. Have pets in your home? Have a cell phone number? Do you or a family member have an existing medical condition? Just providing a few simple details can save your life.

Trash and Recycling Holiday schedule
Trash and recycling remain on schedule for all holidays except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If your pick-up falls on one of these three holidays, it will slide to be picked up the next day, including on Saturday. Click on the button below to see your schedule.
Upcoming Events
Fable Fest
Join us for Fable Fest 2019! Fable Fest is a unique event that brings costumes, storytelling and live demonstrations to the Cedar Park community. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Cedar Park Public Library by paying for reading programs, advanced technologies and expanding the current library collections.
Date: 10/26/2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm  
Location: Elizabeth Milburn Park
For more information click the button below
Youth Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament
Date: November 25, 2019
Time: Practice: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.  
Lunch: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.  
Shotgun start: 12 p.m.
Location: Twin Creeks Country Club Fee:  $100 per person  
Hole Sponsorship: $150  
Hole Sponsorship + Golf for four: $500  
Other sponsorships are available

The tournament includes golf, cart fees, lunch, contests, prizes and refreshments.
Proceeds provide scholarships to Cedar Park area youth in need for recreational life-enhancement programs. 
For information, contact  [email protected]  or 512-401-5508.
Tree Lighting & Santa's Workshop
Date: December 6, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway

The Tree Lighting and Santa's Workshop will feature music, games & prizes, yule fire, face painting, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera) and arts & crafts projects.

The Cedar Park Police Department will be accepting new and unwrapped gifts for Blue Santa. Admission is free. 

For additional information, please email [email protected] 
Stay in touch!
Please let us know what you would like to hear more about in the next issues. Feel free to email with questions or suggestions. You can use the CP Connect 2.0 app "general questions" section as well!
Geniene Layne, Neighborhood Services Coordinator
Community Affairs Department