Four questions that would provide additional funding for the Town's fire, police, roads, parks and recreation, trails and open space services were on this November's ballot. View the official results for each question on this page.
Town staff and Town Council are working to implement the voters’ decisions, including revisiting staffing plans for the Town’s police and fire services for the next five years.
Ballot question 2A: New housing construction tax for police and fire
Shall Castle Rock taxes be increased by $13,900,000 annually in the first full year of such increase, and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter, for the sole purpose of providing police, fire protection, and emergency medical services from a new housing construction tax imposed and paid upon issuance of a building permit at a rate up to and including $7.00 per square foot of new residential construction; provided that:
(I) commencing January 1, 2023, the maximum rate shall be adjusted for inflation in future years in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood statistical area;
(II) the rate of such tax may be increased or decreased without further voter approval so long as the rate does not exceed $7.00 per square foot as adjusted for inflation; and
(III) all revenues from such tax shall be collected, retained, and spent as a voter-approved revenue change and as an exception to the limits that would otherwise apply under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or any other applicable law?
Yes/For: 11,507 (47.51%)
No/Against: 12,713 (52.49%)
Ballot question 2B: Parks and Recreation sales tax on lodging
Shall Castle Rock taxes be increased by $650,000 annually in the first full year of such increase, and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter, from an additional 6.0% sales tax on lodging, to be used solely for parks and recreation purposes, and shall all revenues from such tax be collected, retained and spent as a voter-approved revenue change and as an exception to the limits that would otherwise apply under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or any other applicable law?
Yes/For: 12,467 (51.64%)
No/Against: 11,673 (48.36%)
Ballot question 2C: Open space sales and use tax
Shall Castle Rock taxes be increased by $1,870,000 annually in the first full year of such increase, and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter, from a 0.1% sales and use tax, to be used solely for the purpose of acquiring, developing and maintaining open space and trails, and shall all revenues from such tax be collected, retained, and spent as a voter-approved revenue change and as an exception to the limits that would otherwise apply under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or any other applicable law?
Yes/For: 9,071 (37.53%)
No/Against: 15,096 (62.47%)
Ballot question 2D: Use of all excess revenues solely for police, fire and roads
Without creating new taxes or raising current taxes and solely to pay for the following:
- Fire protection;
- Emergency medical services;
- Roads and other transportation purposes, including, but not limited to, the Crystal Valley/I-25 interchange,
Shall Castle Rock be authorized:
(I) to retain and spend all Town revenues, including, but not limited to, grants and contributions from other governments for interchanges and other transportation projects, in excess of the constitutional limitation on Town fiscal year spending for the next ten fiscal years, beginning with the 2021 fiscal year; and
(II) to retain and spend an amount of Town revenues in excess of such limitation for the 2031 fiscal year and thereafter up to an amount equal to the highest total Town revenues for any fiscal year from the 2021 fiscal year through and including the 2030 fiscal year, adjusted each year as provided for by Article X, Section 20(7) of the Colorado Constitution?
Yes/For: 12,735 (52.77%)
No/Against: 11,396 (47.23%)
- How do CRPD’s staffing levels compare to police departments in neighboring communities?
- Is a new fire station planned in Castle Rock?
- How much would the new housing construction tax add to the cost of the average home in Castle Rock?
- How do recent home sales prices in Castle Rock compare to that of other Front Range communities?
- CRPD has requested 34 more staff and CRFD 41, for 75 positions total. The new housing tax is estimated to generate $13.9 million annually. Does that mean these employees would each be paid $185,000?
- Doesn’t growth – new homes and new commercial developments, like the Promenade – generate enough sales tax to pay for the firefighters and police officers the Town needs?
- Why is the Town requesting a 10-year “TABOR timeout?”
- What would the effective date be for the ballot measures if they are passed?
- Has the Town worked to cut its costs prior to requesting additional revenues?
- My home’s value has increased, and I’m expecting a big increase to my property tax bill. Won’t the Town get some of that money to help meet its needs?
- How does the Town’s sales tax compare to that of neighboring communities?
- I understand the Town receives a nominal portion of my property tax, but I think I pay enough overall. If the Town needs more revenue, can’t it negotiate with other local tax recipients for some?
- Don't the police and fire departments benefit from the impact fees the Town charges on every new house built?
- Would a sales tax increase disadvantage Castle Rock businesses by driving people to instead make online purchases?
- Can the Town use the $5.7 million it has received in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to address the needs proposed for funding by the ballot items?
- Does the Town spend all the revenue it brings in each year? If not, why can’t prior years’ savings be used to fund the needed fire and police positions?
- Why did the Town give business grants during 2020 if it has financial needs?
- I heard the Town can’t ask for a 10-year TABOR timeout – that five years is the maximum timeout allowed. Is that true?
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