About the Program

Why do we need a stormwater drainage infrastructure maintenance program?
Cedar Park is rapidly growing. As more homes and businesses are constructed there is less empty land available to absorb rainfall, which means that there are greater chances for flooding to occur across the City.


Over the years, Cedar Park has identified a number of priority drainage and related street repair projects that cannot be pursued due to the lack of available resources. This list will only grow with time and as the City continues to develop.

Elements of the stormwater drainage and associated street repair program.
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT – $225,000 Annually*
These funds would be used to pay for staff and other expenses related to having a dedicated stormwater drainage management program.
LARGE PROJECTS – $38 Million*
These funds would be dedicated to major stormwater drainage improvement projects that are necessary to minimize the risk of flooding, along with major street repairs to damage caused by floods. Some of these projects would include:

  • Major creek widening
  • Repair/reconstruction of roadway flood prone areas
  • Property acquisition
  • Erosion protection
  • Major creek sediment removal
  • Bridge and culvert construction
INCREASED MAINTENANCE – $550,000 Annually*
Regular maintenance is necessary to make sure the stormwater system functions properly. It would cover stormwater system maintenance such as:

  • Removal of debris from storm pipelines and drains
  • Removal of soil
  • Removal of trees and vegetation from creeks and drainage ditches
  • Street sweeping and cleaning
  • Maintaining water quality of detention ponds
FEDERAL COMPLIANCE – $125,000 Annually*
Stormwater management is governed by State and Federal regulation, and must be in compliance with a stormwater discharge permit issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in accordance with rules mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Clean Water Act. These funds are used to ensure that Cedar Park complies with the stringent requirements required to maintain this permit.
*Dollar amounts are based on today’s dollars.
Funding without additional fees
Up until now, basic stormwater maintenance and related State and Federal compliance mandates have been paid from the City’s General Fund, which is the fund that is used to pay for daily operations such as police, fire, parks, public works and other services. However, due to restrictions on how revenue from the General Fund can be used, the City can’t use this source to pay for dedicated program management, which would be necessary for oversight of the stormwater drainage and related street repairs program. The General Fund is also not a viable source of funding for the large-scale infrastructure projects without impacting the tax rate.


We’ve identified a way to provide resources for this program without a fee or additional taxes. Instead, we will reallocate a small portion of funds from Economic Development Sales Tax to the stormwater drainage program.


Currently, one half cent from every sales tax dollar is directed toward Economic Development Sales Tax. This proposal would reallocate one-fourth of this revenue toward stormwater drainage and related street repairs. This will provide enough revenue to pay for the program and still leave a generous level of funding for economic development activities, even with the reallocation of the continuously growing sales tax base.


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We want to hear from you

Your opinion about the proposed stormwater drainage and associated street repairs program is important to us. That’s why we are providing several ways for you to learn more about the program and provide us with your feedback.

Townhall meetings

We are hosting multiple town hall meetings across the city. For your convenience, we have mailed invitations with information about the neighborhood town hall meeting in your area. You can also visit our calendar of neighborhood town hall meetings and community presentations.


You can also provide your feedback by taking our survey.

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