Welcome to Westside

Westside At Buttercup Creek is a residential community on the west side of Cedar Park, Texas consisting of two neighborhoods, Westside At Buttercup Creek and Westside Preserve.

Our community continues to grow with new homes by Ashton Woods Homes, Sitterle Homes and David Weekley Homes.

Reminder from the President . . . Maintenance, modifications, landscaping We have jumped into summer, and landscaping and home maintenance activity is running wild. What a great way to show pride in your home and keeping the beautiful image in our HOA. Thank your neighbors for all their efforts, and encourage those that need to join those efforts on their homes. Be proud of your home and your HOA.

That being said, with all this activity, some problems have surfaced, primarily with work being started without being approved by the modification committee. Remember, we all signed our purchase contracts on our home acknowledging the standards of our community, and we on the board have the responsibility of holding everyone to those standards.

Please, remember to submit your plans for approval to the modification committee before you start anything. It is better to submit even the simplest plan and find it was unnecessary than to gamble and go ahead and do something, only to find after the fact that it is not approved and have to undo/redo what you have done.

We all have a vested interest in keeping high standards on our HOA, both for quality safe living, and investment values for all of us. A unified effort to achieve this always is in our best interest from every measurable angle. A unified effort will benefit all of us.

Walt Conlin

WBCHOA homeowners . . . the city of Cedar Park is currently studying the impact of flood waters in Cedar Park. At stake is another tax on each and every property by the city. Other cities have this tax already in place, but it deserves your attention and evaluation as it will impact you.

The basic issue is that there is a lot of “Impervious surface” around all buildings, both personal residences and businesses, especially with large parking lots, causing large amounts of water to be flowing on streets and flooding low areas. It sounds good to address this on the surface, but when you stop and think it through, residents within our HOA are already paying the taxes reflected in any storm sewage infrastructure within our HOA.

Realize that our whole HOA was approved for the developer, to which they built the infrastructure . . . including the storm sewers supporting our area. Our property purchase price and tax values already reflect those improvements on every lot, and we pay those taxes. The issue is that there are many “old residences” and unplanned areas absorbed into the city, which do not have the appropriate storm sewage systems, and they are flooding because water can’t get out quick enough to avoid flooding in those areas.

There are two areas of justification in the proposed taxes . . .

  • Capital improvements for infrastructure to handle the water
  • Every property based on impervious ground to be taxed on that square footage to pay for it, and the on-going maintenance thereof.

Read the Cedar Park Proposal to understand what is being proposed. Another open house is scheduled for all to see what the city is suggesting, but in your evaluation, remember that we are all paying for the capital improvements aspect for storm sewers in our HOA, and that cost is already reflected both in our property values and taxes. So the question is, do you think it is right for us to also bear the cost of updating the older portions of the city to get their infrastructure to handle the storm water runoff? If a bond is passed for the whole city, indeed, you will be paying again for those capital improvements in the areas currently having water problems.

Consider rather that those older areas needing the infrastructure upgrades to pay for their own and have that reflected in their property values and taxes on those properties. Of course we need to consider “common – city owned” area impacted for all city residents, to which we should all pay taxes on.

The web site shows how the taxation would work for both residences and businesses. As you think through this, remember, taxes never go down, even when bonds are retired, the additional taxes continue to be collected and just go into the general fund once the bonds are paid off. I strongly suggest that you review the site detail on what is being proposed, and attend the next open house scheduled for June 29th, 6 to 9 pm at the community center. Your opinion should be heard, and being silent is perceived as endorsement.

Walt Conlin

Although we have had significant rainfall over the last year, Cedar Park is still under mandatory watering restrictions. For more information, visit the city's website located here.