Maintaining Quality of Life

Exploring potential ballot questions

Ensuring the Town’s fiscal sustainability and developing long-term public safety funding enhancement options are two of the Town’s key priorities for 2021.

In March, Town staff presented Town Council an analysis of alternative revenue options. Also at that time, Council heard from the Fire and Police departments about their staffing and other needs over the next five years, given the Town’s expected growth. Details of those needs are in the infographic on this page.

Discussions on these topics have continued, and the Town in June 2021 sought public feedback on some of the alternatives that were evaluated. A voter opinion poll explored the community’s thoughts about potential tax questions that Town Council could place on the November 2021 ballot.

Council received and began discussions on the results of the poll during a June 15 study session. Council will continue its discussion of this issue in July and may decide to ask voters for permission to initiate new revenue streams or increase existing ones as part of this fall’s election.

Castle Rock voters have not approved an increase to Town tax rates since 1994. These alternatives are being considered now to help ensure the Town can:

  • continue providing outstanding emergency medical, fire and police services
  • maintain the Town’s award-winning open space, parks and trails systems
  • enhance the Town’s roadway network – including through construction of a new interchange at Interstate 25 and Crystal Valley Parkway

The second page of the infographic explains the potential revenues being explored for open space, trails parks and recreation needs and a "TABOR time-out" that could help with funding the interchange and other needs.

This webpage will be updated this summer and fall as discussions in this area continue, and as decisions are made.