How it works

How it works

When you buy within Cedar Park city limits, you’re investing in your community. Two cents of local sales tax for every dollar you spend with retailers and restaurants located inside Cedar Park’s city limits go right back to the City of Cedar Park. This helps the City rely less on property taxes, resulting in a lower City property tax rate. Last year alone, buying in Cedar Park brought about $30 million in local sales tax revenue right back to Cedar Park.

Love your City limits

Love your City limits

Cedar Park has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. But some places that have a Cedar Park address are not actually located in Cedar Park. The Lakeline Mall and Lakeline Market areas at US 183 and Lakeline Boulevard, for example, fall within Austin’s city limits – even though they have a Cedar Park mailing address. This means that when you buy at those stores your local sales tax does not come home to Cedar Park. Click here to view map of shopping centers in City limits.

Shopping online

Shopping online

If the retailer you are buying from has a store or business presence in Texas, the retailer will remit or send 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 in Texas, or even Amazon, which has fulfillment centers in Texas, two cents of the sales tax you pay is remitted to Cedar Park.

Other benefits

Other benefits

Buying in Cedar Park also supports the local economy – from thriving small businesses to major retailers and restaurants.  It also keeps jobs and family fun close to home.  Any way you look at it, buying in Cedar Park matters! It builds a better, stronger Cedar Park!

Where does your 2 cents go?

One cent goes to the City’s General Fund to help fund essential services such as Police, Fire, Parks and our Public Library.

A half cent goes to Community Development for local enhancement projects such as road and intersection improvements, parks improvements and even the Bell Boulevard Redevelopment Project.

Three-eighths of a cent goes to Economic Development to help recruit and retain more businesses as well as support our City-owned
H-E-B Center.

One-eighth of a cent goes to the Stormwater Drainage program to prevent future flooding and protect our stormwater drainage infrastructure.

Services

The pennies add up! One cent of sales tax goes straight to the City’s General Fund to help offset the City’s reliance upon property taxes for its day-to-day operations. Just a few examples of services in the General Fund (click on an image to view more details):

Community Development Projects

Bell District RedLeaf rendering

RedLeaf is working on civil engineering and design related to internal road network for Phase 1 and related drainage issues.  Anticipate beginning construction of Phase 1 infrastructure in early 2022.

Cost:  $24.5 million (4B contribution)
Status:  In Design
Estimated completion: 2024+

McCann Adams Studio has begun design work for the new Park.  Design and public engagement is expected to last the next 8 to 21 months.

Cost:  $3.3 million (4B contribution)
Status:  In Design
Estimated completion: 2024

The currently-allocated Type B funding is paying for a portion of design costs associated with this approximately three-mile trail

Cost:  $550,000
Status:  In design
Estimated completion:  Summer 2023

Installation of addition of LED trail lighting.

Cost:  $50,000
Status:  Construction
Estimated completion:  fall 2021

Turn lane project on Lakeline Boulevard at West Park, Treeline Drive and New Hope Drive.

Cost:  $700,000
Status:  Complete

Turn lane project on Whitestone Boulevard at Walton Way, Discovery Boulevard and the Rail Yard.

Cost: $700,000
Status: Complete

Right turn improvements at Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Caballo Ranch Boulevard.

Cost:  $250,000
Status:  Complete

Reconstruct of the roads leading to the Police and Fire training facilities.

Cost:  $650,000
Status:  Complete

Park improvements include shade structures, a picnic pavilion, drainage improvements, enhanced picnic areas, skate park improvements and new scoreboards and signage.

Cost:  $230,000
Status:  Construction
Estimated completion: winter 2021

Recycling in five community parks.

Cost:  $150,000
Status:  Under installation
Estimated completion: fall 2021

Installation of updated logo street signs throughout the city.

Cost:  $300,000
Status:  Complete
Completed: spring 2021

Fifth phase of the Sidewalk Gap Project.

Cost:  $350,000
Status: Construction
Estimated completion: summer 2021

Expansion of bike lanes/restriping roads.

Cost:  $350,000
Status:  Phase 1A complete, with actual cost at $122,963.35. 
Remaining funds to go towards Phase 1B.
Completed: spring 2021

An approximately 200-acre new park located in south Cedar Park.  Park Master Plan approved in December 2018.

Cost: $1 million
Status:  Design
Estimated completion: spring 2022

Installation of a signal at Liberty Oaks and Cypress Creek Road.

Cost:  $355,000
Status:  Pending
Estimated completion: Pending

Improved right turn lane from southbound Bell Boulevard onto Cypress Creek Road.  Awaiting details on adjacent development before finalizing design.

Cost:  $400,000
Status: Design
Estimated completion:  TBD

Matching funds for a trail connection (with Bell Boulevard crossing) from Lakeline Park to the Brushy Creek Regional Trail.

Cost:  $500,000
Status:  Awaiting start
Estimated completion:  TBD

Improvements (improved landscaping, sidewalk, irrigation) at the Cedar Bark Park.

Cost:  $100,000
Status:  Complete
Completed: spring 2021

Moving from a physical key to a key card system.

Cost:   $15,000
Status:  Awaiting start
Estimated completion:  fall 2021

Developing the end-of-mining plan that will leave the quarry in the best possible condition for redevelopment.

Cost:  $190,000
Status:  In progress
Estimated completion:  spring 2022

4B Community Development funds from local sales tax to transform the crushed granite trail into a more permanent concrete trail and build a pedestrian bridge.

Cost: $550,000
Status: Complete

Economic Development Projects

Cedar Park gets business, thanks in great part to local sales tax. Your local dining and shopping helps us invest in Cedar Park as the next major job center of the region. Here are just a few of our major Economic Development projects over the years.

The City of Cedar Park-owned H-E-B Center opened as Cedar Park Center in 2009 with a $43 million Economic Development investment funded by local sales tax.  It is now home to the Calder Cup-winning Texas Stars Hockey team (affiliates of the NHL Dallas Stars) and the NBA G-League Championship-winning Austin Spurs (affiliates of the NBA San Antonio Spurs basketball team).  The multi-entertainment complex is host to several sold-out events throughout the year, ranging from major concerts to rodeo to ice skating performances.  H-E-B Center provides an estimated 150 jobs with an estimated payroll of $4.5 million and estimated sales tax of $1 million annually.

In 2020, the Economic Development Corporation partnered with the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce on the creation of a Small Business Assistance Program to assist Cedar Park businesses impacted by COVID-19.  The program awarded $200,000 in small business grants to 63 Cedar Park Businesses.


240 Tech is a California-based high speed direct-to-garment printing company and has expanded its business to Cedar Park. 240 Tech, a leader in the digital garment printing industry, is expanding from Santa Ana, CA and will lease and operate a 9,240 square-foot facility in La Jaita Business Park. This secondary headquarters expansion will be a research and development facility that will add 35 jobs with an average salary of $80,000. 240 Tech recently deployed the impressive Ovaljet, an industry-disrupting direct-to-garment (DTG) printer producing over 300 full-color digital prints per hour on dark garments. OvalJet’s closed loop technology moves each garment through a carousel of automated stations that prepare and print garments in one smooth motion. This allows a single operator to achieve full-size, full-color prints at unparalleled DTG speeds.

1890 Ranch was Cedar Park’s first major shopping and family entertainment complex anchored by nationally-known retailers including SuperTarget, Cinemark Theaters, Academy, Office Depot, Ross and Hobby Lobby – just to name a few.  It also brought some popular fast dining options to Cedar Park such as Longhorn Steakhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse, Chick Fil-A, and Carl’s Jr. 1890 Ranch was funded by an Economic Development investment of $26,000 in project incentives with a $20 million Chapter 380 agreement – all funded by local sales tax.  The project is estimated to have resulted in 1600 local jobs with an estimated payroll of more than $40 million, a capital investment of $125 million.  It is estimated to bring in more than $3 million annually in sales tax revenue.

The Costco-Town Center development brought destination retail to Cedar Park.  In addition to high-end warehouse store Costco, the development includes renowned California burger joint In-n-Out.  The development has a Chapter 380 agreement for $6 million, funded by Economic Development (Type A) from local sales tax revenue.  The project has provided 600 local jobs with annual payroll estimated to be $14 million and made a $50 million capital investment here.  It is estimated to bring in more than $1.23 million in sales tax revenue each year.

ETS-Lindgren is one of Cedar Park’s major tech employers.  The company tests electronic devices to ensure that the electromagnetic, magnetic or acoustic energy that these items can create, use or be affected by, work harmoniously in the same environment. Over the years the company has been incentivized to grow and expand with Economic Development investments of $474,000 in economic incentives funded by sales tax.  In return, ETS-Lindgren now employs more than 70 people with an estimated payroll of more than $2.7 million, and has made more than $14 million of capital investments in Cedar Park.

Firefly Aerospace is a private aerospace company that moved its headquarters from California to Cedar Park in 2014, with the help of $1.225M in Economic Development incentives funded by local sales tax. In February 2021, Firefly was awarded a $93.3M contract by NASA to deliver payloads to the Moon in 2023. In May 2021, Firefly and the City of Cedar Park reached an agreement that allows Firefly to solidify its roots in the community. Firefly purchased a 40,000 square-foot building in the Scottsdale Crossing Technology Center that will create 682 new jobs with an average salary of $90,000.

Hyliion designs, develops, and sells electrified powertrain solutions that are designed to be installed on most major Class 8 commercial trucks, with the goal of transforming the commercial transportation industry’s environmental impact at scale. Hyliion relocated its business from Pennsylvania to Cedar Park in 2018 after coming to an agreement with the Cedar Park Economic Development Corporation. The agreement states that Hyliion will employ 229 employees with an average salary of $90,000 and make a capital investment of $5.75M. Included in the agreement was a seven-year lease of 83,000 plus square feet at Brushy Creek Corporate Center. In June 2021, Hyliion announced they will be expanding their current facility by 120,000 square feet. Driven by a growing staff and the need for additional installation and testing capacity, the multi-million-dollar project will be broken into three stages, focusing on increased office space, a reconfigured installation warehouse, and a new research and development testing area. The full project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Under an Economic Development agreement that provided an investment of $260,000 in economic development incentives funded from local sales tax revenue, Innovative Funding Services completed its 30,000 square foot headquarters at La Jaita Business Park in 2018.  The project will employ 130 people with an estimated payroll of $12 million and made a capital investment of $5 million in Cedar Park.

In early March 2020, James Avery Artisan Jewelry broke ground at their new regional corporate offices, which will allow the family-owned jewelry retailer based in Kerrville, Texas to grow their presence in Central Texas.  The facility located at the northeast corner of 183A Frontage and Scottsdale Drive will be 35,000 square feet, including building land and other improvements, and the company will provide 102 jobs in Cedar Park with average wages of $75,000 and an annual payroll of $7.65 million.

In early December 2020, the City of Cedar Park entered into two Economic Development agreements with Momentum Extraction, to extract biomass crude oil, distillate and CBD isolate under the State of Texas’ 2018 Farm Bill.  The move gives Cedar Park a foothold in this new industry in Texas; it also is projected to bring 65 high-paying jobs to and a minimum $25 million capital investment in Cedar Park.

Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Company has opened a second Cedar Park location in Scottsdale Crossing. There, they are able to increase their production and distribution of craft beers and specialty coffee. With this expansion, Red Horn has added 15 full-time employees with a capital investment of $1M.


The Economic Development Corporation entered into an economic development agreement with Rose City Management for the creation of 400,000 square feet of spec Class-A Office Space on 13.4 acres in Town Center.

Under an agreement in 2016, Swagelok completed its 30,000 square foot distribution/sales and service facility in Brushy Creek Corporate Park in 2018.  Swagelok received $150,000 in Economic Development incentives funded by local sales tax.  The project employs 25 people, has an annual payroll of $2.6 million and made a total $3.5 million capital investment in Cedar Park.

The Parke retail development is located along the west side of 183A and Whitestone Boulevard.  It features many nationally-known stores and restaurants including Whole Foods Market, DSW, Dick’s/Field and Stream, Nordstrom Rack, Petco, Tuesday Morning, Marshall’s, Michael’s, Chuy’s, Jason’s Deli and much more.  The Parke has a Chapter 380 agreement of $1.5 million, funded by Economic Development (Type A) from local sales tax.  In turn, it has produced more than 750 jobs with an estimated payroll of $22.5 million and made an $82 million capital investment in Cedar Park.  It brings in an estimated $2 million in local sales tax revenue annually.

Tresl (formerly Revenue Cycle) moved into its new 30,000 square feet headquarters at Scottsdale Crossing in 2017, after an Economic Development investment of over $433,000 in economic incentives funded by local sales tax.  Tresl employs more than 100 people and have an estimated annual payroll of more than $5.8 million.

Thanks in part to an Economic Development investment of $100,000 funded by local sales tax, Visual Lighting Technologies relocated their operations from California to Hur Industrial Park in Cedar Park where they purchased an existing 20,000 square foot building.  They employ more than 30 people in Cedar Park.

WEXCO International, LLC announced plans to establish a 4,850 square foot regional headquarters in Cedar Park at 13010 W. Parmer Ln. As part of the regional headquarters, WEXCO plans to create 25 full-time jobs with an annual salary of $65,000. The project has a capital expenditure of $2 million.

Vandelay Education

The corporation Vandelay Education has been building a 20,000 square foot headquarters in two phases along Medical Parkway in Cedar Park.  It’s thanks in part to an Economic Development investment of more than $140,000 in incentives funded by local sales tax. The first phase was finished in 2018.  Upon full completion the company will employ more than 100 people, with an estimated payroll of $12 million and a capital investment of more than $2.5 million in Cedar Park.

Voltabox is a German company that designs and manufactures batteries used for transit rail. Voltabox received infrastructure funding of $147,908 funded by Economic Development (Type A) that results from local sales tax.  In return it provided 35 local job with an estimated payroll of $1.75 million and a capital investment of $10 million in Cedar Park.

Stormwater Drainage Projects

Shopping Centers in City Limits

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