The Bastrop EDC is funded primarily with a one-half cent sales tax. Local sales tax is a huge portion of the City’s and Bastrop County’s budget. Did you know that if you purchase a $100 taxable item at a Bastrop retail store, the sales tax is $8.25? Of that amount, $6.25 goes to the State Comptroller for use in state government, $0.50 goes to Bastrop County to help fund roads, the sheriff’s department, etc., and $1.50 goes to the City of Bastrop. Those sales tax dollars fund streets, parks, the police and fire departments, and economic development. Similarly, if you shop in Austin, $1.00 goes to the City of Austin and $1.00 goes to their mass transit authority. Thank you for shopping in Bastrop and helping to support our community’s progress!