West Lake Hills voters approve of raising taxes to fix roads, flooding

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Photo of a sign advocating for the passage of Propositions A, B, and C in West Lake Hills

(Photo: Daniel Marin, KXAN)

WEST LAKE HILLS, Texas (KXAN) — Residents from the City of West Lake Hills passed three propositions aimed to funnel money toward road improvements and build a better infrastructure against flooding.

Propositions A and B both passed, and they’ll raise the city’s tax rate about $0.13 per $100 valuation, meaning homeowners with median-priced $1.5 million home would have an annual tax impact of $390 to $850. More information on the propositions can be found on the city’s website.

Proposition A

Prop A passed 61%-39% and issues bonds for a new $13.2 million municipal complex, which will include a new administration building, city hall council chambers and a police department. A total of 776 votes were cast in the election.

Both the administrative and police department building no longer comply to current building codes, state or national ADA standards.

Proposition B

Proposition B allows the City of West Lake Hills to issue up to $11.8 million in bonds going towards immediate repairs on six roadway and drainage projects. The decided projects were based on a 2017 city-wide study and 2018 update, which ranked infrastructure and maintenance risks to public safety.

It passed 74%-26% with a total of 775 votes cast.

These improvements and updates on these roads will move forward:

  • Camp Craft Road
  • Laurel Valley Road
  • Redbud Trail
  • Terrace Mountain Drive
  • Westlake Drive
  • Yaupon Valley Road

Proposition C

Proposition C reverses a sales tax diversion plan that came about in the mid-1990s. Currently, every 1/2 cent collected in city sales tax is put toward property tax relief. Prop C instead puts the 1/2 cent in a dedicated fund for ongoing street maintenance projects. The redirected sales tax will expire four years after it takes effect.

It passed 69%-31% with a total of 771 votes cast.

The projected impact on a median West Lake Hills homeowner will be $586 more in city taxes.

More information about the proposition’s impact can found on the City of West Lake Hills website.

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