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Posted on: October 8, 2021

Town Council encourages ‘Yes’ vote on 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D in Nov. 2 election

Castle Rock 2021 November election

To keep Castle Rock safe, scenic and special – and so the Town can build the I-25/Crystal Valley Parkway interchange and fund additional fire and police needs –Town Council encourages Castle Rock voters to say “Yes” to Nov. 2 ballot questions 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D.

Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday formally endorsing the four measures:

  • 2A: A new housing construction tax, paid by builders, for fire and police
  • 2B: A Parks and Recreation sales tax on lodging
  • 2C: A 0.1% open space sales and use tax (1 cent on a $10 purchase)
  • 2D: A question authorizing for 10 years the Town’s use of “excess” TABOR revenues solely for police, fire and roads

Council referred the items to the ballot in August after months of evaluating the Town’s long-range financial projections and alternative revenue options and collecting public feedback on the same.

A $7-per-square-foot tax on new house and apartment construction would generate the funds needed to add 75 fire and police positions over the next five years.

The 6% lodging tax would help the Town update parks, improve public vegetation and entryways into Town, and more.

The requested sales tax increase could generate about $270,000 annually for open space and trail maintenance needs, plus allow for the accumulation of more than $8 million by 2026 for additional acquisitions, which the community has said in surveys it desires.

Approval of the TABOR timeout is critical to the Town’s ability to construct the needed interchange at Interstate 25 and Crystal Valley Parkway and is also expected to help bolster funding for fire and police in years with strong sales tax receipts.

Majority voter support is needed to pass these items in next month’s election, which will be conducted by mail ballot. Ballots are being mailed now to registered voters and are due in no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. 

Additional information, including educational videos on each ballot question and frequently asked questions, is available at CRgov.com/2021Election.

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