Voters support ESD No. 14 sales tax increase proposal

Updated 10: 27 p.m. May 11

Unofficial voting results indicate 76.07 percent of voters support a sales tax increase within Emergency Services District No. 14, which covers Volente and the Bella Vista and Twin Creeks subdivisions.

Eighty-nine of 117 voters supported the proposition, a 1 cent sales tax increase on most business transactions within the district. The increase would not apply to businesses within the Volente village limits.

The approved proposition would potentially help the district accumulate an additional $80,000 per year for emergency services, Volente Fire Department Chief Walter Groman said previously.

The effort will help recoup some of the money lost from a December 2011 annexation in which the Deer Creek subdivision was absorbed by Cedar Park.

Another potential series of partial annexations in Bella Vista and Twin Creeks could force the district to find other methods to finance its emergency services.

Results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 7:58 p.m. May 11

Early voting results indicate 81.3 percent of voters support a sales tax increase within Emergency Services District No. 14, which covers Volente and the Bella Vista and Twin Creeks subdivisions.

Thirty-nine of 48 early voters supported the proposition, a 1 cent sales tax increase on most business transactions within the district. The increase would not apply to businesses within the Volente village limits.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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