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Most who live here agree: Castle Rock is special. It’s safe, it’s scenic – most anything one wants is available here, including a great quality of life.
To help ensure the Town can continue to preserve these qualities residents love about Castle Rock, Town Council on Tuesday will consider ordinances placing four questions on this November’s ballot to strengthen the Town’s financial position over the long term.
Castle Rock residents haven’t approved a tax increase since 1994. In fact, the Town’s property tax mill levy rate has declined by more than 92% since that time.
Here are the four revenue requests Castle Rock voters could see on this November’s ballot:
New housing construction tax – A tax of up to $7 per square foot on permits for new single- and multi-family homes built in Castle Rock, to use solely to fund 75 additional police and fire positions over the next five years, along with related equipment, training and operational needs.
Lodging tax – A 6% tax on overnight stays of less than 30 days in Town, to use solely to bolster the Town’s parks and recreation services, including park maintenance.
0.1% sales tax increase – An additional tax of one penny on every $10 taxable purchase to use solely for open space and trails purposes, including for acquiring more open space.
10-year TABOR timeout – Without raising taxes, temporarily lifting restrictions on Town revenues to use solely for police, fire, EMS and transportation purposes – including to construct a new interchange at Interstate 25 and Crystal Valley Parkway. The Town cannot complete the interchange without this exemption, which 21 of Colorado’s 25 largest cities have in place.
Unless a resident builds a brand new home or stays in a local hotel or short-term rental property, only the proposed sales tax increase would apply to residents’ purchases. The proposed revenue sources help ensure those moving into or visiting the community are paying their fair share for Town services.
On Tuesday, Town Council will consider on first reading ordinances detailing the specifics of each revenue request, along with an ordinance to call a special election for Nov. 2. If the ordinances move forward on first reading, second and final reading would be on Aug. 17.
Public comment on the proposals is welcome – visit CRgov.com/2021Election to share input or CRgov.com/CouncilComments to speak at a Council meeting. Additional information about the proposals, including frequently asked questions, is available on the elections page.
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