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.