Cedar Park and Leander councils approve FY 2015-16 budgets, lower tax rates

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In September, Cedar Park City Council and Leander City Council approved new operating budgets and lower property tax rates for fiscal year 2015-16.

Cedar Park and Leander councils approve FY 2015-16 budgets, lower tax rates Cedar Park

On Sept. 17, Cedar Park City Council approved a final fiscal year 2015-16 property tax rate of $0.4795 per $100 of property value.

The rate is about $0.0055 lower than the FY 2014-15 property tax rate of $0.485.

City Council also approved a FY 2015-16 operating budget. The budget projects about $42.6 million in city revenue. Revenue includes about $15.3 million from property taxes, about $11 million from sales taxes, and the remainder from city fees such as franchise and service fees.

Cedar Park’s FY 2015-16 budget projects spending a total of $42.6 million, including about $22.2 million, or 52.11 percent, for public safety departments such as police and fire. The budget also allots about $8.8 million, or 20.66 percent, for public works and development.

Cedar Park’s FY 2015-16 funding proportions are roughly the same as the FY 2014-15 budget, which projected revenue and expenditures of about $39.1 million each.

Leander

On Sept. 21, Leander City Council approved a final FY 2015-16 property tax rate of $0.63292 per $100 of assessed property value.

The rate is $0.02 lower than the FY 2014-15 property tax rate of $0.65292.

City Council also approved a
FY 2015-16 operating budget. The budget projects about $26.3 million in city revenue. Projected revenue includes about $12 million from property taxes, about $3.7 million from sales taxes, and the remainder from city fees such as franchise and service fees.

Leander’s FY 2015-16 budget projects spending a total of about $26.2 million, including about $11.5 million, or 43.89 percent, for public safety departments such as police and fire.

The budget also allots about $5 million, or about 19 percent, for public works.

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Stephen Burnett has been a community journalist since 2005. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in November 2013. For the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and northwest Austin, he covers city and county government, business, development, events, transportation, utilities and more.
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