Lakeway council members voted unanimously this week to put renewal of the portion of city the sales tax that pays for road maintenance on the May ballot.
The election to renew the .25 percent tax is routine. The tax was first passed in 2001, but state law calls for voters to renew the tax every four years. Lakeways residents and visitors pay 8.25 cents on the dollar in sales tax. If voters reject the renewal in May, the sales tax would drop to 8 cents, and the city could lose about $400,000 annually from the sales tax for roads.
City Manager Steve Jones said the tax has generated more than $1.3 million over the years to repave and resurface roads.
In 2009, about 79 percent of those casting ballots voted in favor of the proposition. During previous elections, 70 percent or more of voters approved the proposition.
“It’s not a new tax,” Council Member Bruce Harris said during Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s the resumption or continuation of an old one. And it’s really important to us.”
In other action, the Lakeway City Council:
- unanimously approved an agreement with Travis County to widen Bee Creek Road from two lanes to four lanes between Highlands Boulevard and Texas 71. Jones said a new middle school will be built in the area, and improving the road will help with traffic. The road project is slated to cost $7.37 million. Jones said developer Las Ventanas Land Partners will pay for the city’s part of improvements; that portion or the road will be renamed Highlands Boulevard.
- unanimously approved another agreement with the county for work on Flint Rock Road. The city’s cost for the project is estimated to be about $4.25 million, which come from voter-approved bonds. The county will pay for the remainder of the $9 million project. The work will smooth hills and dips, add turning lanes and shoulders, and fix curves.
- unanimously approved an ordinance that forbids heavy vehicles, such as dump trucks, from using Lakeway Boulevard between RM 620 and Lohman’s Crossing Road. Heavy trucks are defined as any vehicle that exceeds 15,000 pounds and has more than one rear axle. Jones said the preferred route for heavy trucks will be Lohman’s Crossing Road. The city now will install signs on Lakeway Boulevard to inform drivers.
Lakeway sales tax
6.25% State of Texas
1% City of Lakeway
0.5% for reduction of property taxes
0.25% for maintenance and repair of city streets
0.25% Lake Travis Community Library District
Source: City of Lakeway