The City hired marketing consultants.
These consultants are selling you a new city “FEE”.
This "FEE" will be added to your utility bill as a monthly charge.
This “FEE” will NEVER go away and will traditionally increase over time.
Add more debt by creating Bonds (debt) that will pay for immediate mitigation.
Create a new bureaucracy within the city to manage, have oversight and enforce regulations.
Storm Water Fee… Impervious Cover Fee… What ever they want to call it, it will be a added TAX that will simply rise over time and you will be forced to pay it!
(it is not by chance that the pyramid above has you and I at the bottom and Uncle Sam on top)
Q: Why are we being led to believe that a Bond and Fee are the only solutions?
A: Again, there are multiple reasons for the answer to this question:
Bonds increase the city debt and provide immediate funding to fix the issues.
SOLUTIONS to CONSIDER
As stated above, we admit that there are issues that need to be corrected.
The disagreement is with how we fund the mitigation effort and prevent future issues.
Additional Considerations on Fees
Watch the complete presentation before the City Council again.
Pay attention to the Storm System Use chart
(2:20 mark in the video) and the Exemption chart (3:20 in the video).
1. Larger Property tends to equal higher impervious cover and more runoff.
2. Optional exemptions include properties that we are ALREADY taxed on:
City Property under City ad valorum tax
County Property under County taxes
School District Property under ISD taxes (already bad enough)
(What will prevent future councils from exempting or not exempting these? What can we expect if they are not exempt? Those taxing
entities will INCREASE their tax rate.)
3. Under Texas statues for Fees, look who does not have a legal basis for exemption. However, a city can
provide ad valorem tax exemption if they chose.
4. Hidden fee increases are easily cloaked from public view, but tax rate increases get more visibility.
NO STORM WATER RUNOFF Fee! a.k.a. hidden "TAX"
Open House “PITCH” is 1 June 2016 Cedar Park Parks & Recreation Center 6-9pm.
A second open house will be conducted on 29 June 2016. Same time & place.