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Then and Now: Road and Street Repairs in Castle Pines
The City annually spends about 42% of its entire budget on road maintenance, by far its largest single expense. The City budgets for upcoming road and street repairs and has maintained and improved roads without incurring any debt. The table below shows the evolution of expenditures on road and street repairs made by Douglas County (before the City's incorporation) and by the City following its incorporation in 2008. In the past five years, the City has invested over $6 million in road repairs: six times what Douglas County spent in Castle Pines in the five years preceding incorporation.
*Data Provided by Douglas County Engineering
|Expenditures in Castle Pines
by Douglas County*
|City of Castle Pines Incorporated February 2008**
|2003 $23,000||2008 Financial Statements did not detail street repairs
|2004 $354,000||2009 $501,049
|2005 $25,000||2010 $639,579
|2006 $93,000||2011 $2,751,126
|2007 $522,000||2012 $1,070,775
**Data source: Annual Audited City Financial Statement and annual city budget (Public Works expenditures minus snow removal labor and equipment expenses)
How it Works: City Sales and Use Tax
Did you know the City of Castle Pines has the lowest total sales tax of any city in Douglas County? And Castle Pines has the second lowest sales tax rate of any Douglas County city. At 2.75%, the city sales tax applies to purchase or lease of consumer goods. Food purchased at the supermarket is exempt. Yet another reason to shop locally! To learn more, visit the City’s Finance Department.
New City Manager Hard at Work
Our new city manager, Don Van Wormer, is now on board. First line of business: preparing the city’s 2014 budget. The process begins with a budget presentation and discussion, followed by a public hearing and final approval later this year. Residents are not only invited but encouraged to attend these meetings to learn firsthand about the City's finances. The following dates have been tentatively set, so please check the City Council meeting calendar and agenda in advance of attending:
- October 8 – Budget Presentation
- October 22 - Budget Discussion
- November 12 – Public Hearing
- December 10 – Budget Adoption
Support Outdoor Art in Castle Pines
With the holidays soon approaching, consider buying the first commemorative Castle Pines ornament for family, friends, teachers, or business partners. The Castle Pines Arts and Cultural Foundation (CPACF) launched the sale in the hopes of creating an annual tradition to support art in public spaces. The ornaments cost $25 a piece and are for sale now at Walgreens, Castle Pines Library, The Ridge, and the Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds will go to outdoor art in our city. Next year, the CPACF intends to have local artists enter a contest to design the ornament. To obtain more information about the CPACF or to get involved, email email@example.com.
Everyone is invited to an open house to tour this new, state-of-the-art facility on Saturday, October 12, from 10 am to 1pm. There will be food, a bouncy house, and lots of kid activities. Take a tour of the new offices of dentists Drs. Jeff and Stephanie Scheich and Dr. Matt Rolfson, orthodontist Dr. Andrew Dunbar, and optometrist Dr. Jason Ortman. The Medical and Dental Center is located at 250 Max Drive, just east of Walgreens on Castle Pines Parkway.
Hike the Sanctuary
If you’ve ever wanted to see this prestigious golf course, now’s your chance! The Wildlife Experience is sponsoring a guided hike through this local treasure on Saturday, October 5. Hike or jog the cart paths while enjoying a stunning view of the plains. Act fast as pre-registration is required, and many spots have sold out. Spots are still available for the 11:00 am, 2-mile guided hike, a moderate climb. Cost is $5 for Wildlife Experience members and $7 for non-members. Call 720.488.3344 to reserve your spot. (photo by Jack Zelkin)
Run Wild Recap
Many thanks to all of those who showed up for the second annual Run Wild race on September 15th. The event was a huge success thanks to participants, sponsors, and volunteers. We had 417 registered runners this year! Dylan Wellman, who celebrated his 9th birthday with friends at the 1K color run, summed up the day’s excitement: “I really liked the color run because we all looked funny having colors all over our hair and shirts. I want to do the color run again next year!” Check out the speedy runners in this community by viewing the 4-mile and 9-mile results. The Run Wild 2014 Logo Contest kicked off on September 15, see more information below. (photo by Dave Tweed)
Run Wild 2014 Logo Contest: Enter to win now until October 31st
Entry Information: Be creative – must include "Run Wild" and a buffalo image.
Entry Form: Print the entry form or pick up at City offices, Castle Pines Daz Bog or your local school.
Next spring, residents who live or work in the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority will have the rare opportunity to learn how emergency services operate, see tax dollars in action and pick up life-saving skills. Councilmember Tera Radloff and Castle Pines resident Jack Zelkin had the opportunity to participate in the Citizen Academy last spring. “I have so much respect for these fire fighters, not one of them has an ego, and are always ready to help,” Zelkin shared. The 5th Citizen Academy will take place in April and May 2014, with applications available next March. Over the course of two months, participants get a free education in “fire science.” They learn, for example, how crews extricate victims from automobile accidents and why they cut holes in burning buildings. Applicants are urged to apply early as spots fill up quickly. Stay tuned for details next March. (photo by Jack Zelkin)