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Cedar Park to host stormwater drainage town halls

City seeking input for program addressing stormwater drainage maintenance

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Cedar Park officials are seeking public input about a proposed stormwater drainage and associated street repairs program.

The proposal would create a long-term solution for addressing stormwater drainage maintenance, priority improvement projects and related street repairs by reallocating one-fourth of the revenue from Economic Development Sales Tax to the stormwater drainage program. 

“We heard our residents loudly and clearly that they don’t want to pay additional taxes or fees for this project,” said Sam Roberts, assistant city manager. “Instead, we would reallocate one-fourth of the revenue from the Economic Development Sales Tax Fund, which would still leave a generous amount in the fund for business recruitment and retention efforts.”

The proposed drainage management project would fund infrastructure projects aimed at minimizing flood risk, maintenance and management and state and federal compliance costs.

Residents will receive invitations to the Town Hall Meeting closest to their neighborhood, officials said.

“We encourage residents to attend their neighborhood meeting, but they are welcome to attend any of them as their schedule allows,” said Jennie Huerta, Cedar Park spokesperson. “These Town Hall meetings provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the proposal and to provide feedback.”

Each meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session with city representatives. Neighborhood Town Hall meetings are as follows: 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25 St. John the Forerunner Church; 800 West Park
  • Thursday, Nov. 2 Forest Oaks Community Center, 105 N. Lynnwood Trail
  • Monday, Nov. 6 Riviera Springs Clubhouse at Rosemary Denny Park, 2500 E. Riviera Dr.

Feedback may also be shared through a website survey at www.cedarparkdrainage.com or by sending an email to drainage@cedarparktexas.gov.

Once citizen input is collected, it will be integrated into the stormwater drainage and related street repair proposal and will be presented to the City Council later this year. In early 2018, the City Council will vote on including the proposal on the ballot for the May 2018 election.

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