The city of Cedar Park announced the commencement of its shop local campaign Aug. 2 and is encouraging residents to spend money within the city limits.
The “Got it in Cedar Park” campaign aims to educate residents how sales tax dollars effect the city budget. Of the 8.25 percent sales tax rate, 2 percent—or two cents—goes to the city, while the remainder is paid to the state. One cent goes into the general fund, which supports city services such as the police department, public library and parks system. The other penny is halved and placed into the community and economic development corporations’ budgets, which partially fund projects such as the Cedar Park Center, 1890 Ranch shopping center and Costco.
“As we continue to offer even more dining and shopping options and inform our citizens of the benefits of shopping in Cedar Park, we anticipate local sales tax revenue to keep increasing, allowing us to continue to serve our citizens’ wants and needs,” City Manager Brenda Eivens said in a news release.
Local sales tax revenues during the past 13 years totaled approximately $112 million, according to the city.
The “Got it in Cedar Park” campaign includes print and video advertising promoting www.shopcp.org, which features a shopping map and information about city services funded by sales tax dollars.