Home Rule Election Results (Unofficial)
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 2:46pm
Tuesday, May 14 was a historic day in Castle Pines! Unofficial election results show that residents have voted to approve the City's new Home Rule Charter, making Castle Pines the state's 102nd, and newest, municipality to be governed by Home Rule.
With a majority of the votes counted, 77% of the returned ballots show support for home rule.
"This is an exciting achievement for the community," stated Mayor Tera Radloff. "Home Rule helps set the foundation for building a strong community and really puts into motion our ability to better self-govern and make local decisions that uniquely impact the community and the residents who live here."
The Charter is the City's new "constitution" and most important guiding document. Thirteen Charter Commissioners were elected in November 2018 to draft the new City Charter. Charter Commissioners had 180 days to write the new Charter language.
"I want to thank the members of the Charter Commission and the residents of Castle Pines for supporting the efforts of the Home Rule Charter Commission," said Jeff Huff, Vice Chair of the Home Rule Charter Commission. "Charter Commission members dedicated many hours to writing the City's new Charter that will undoubtedly lead Castle Pines into the future."
“We had 26% voter turnout,” explained Castle Pines City Clerk, Tobi Basile, “with 1,509 electors voting in favor of Home Rule and 442 voting against.”
Home Rule procedures begin immediately for the City, staff and elected officials. While Home Rule doesn’t have an immediate impact on residents’ daily life, residents can expect to see a lot of administrative work by staff taking place. First, the City will begin amending ordinances to come into compliance with the Charter’s new requirements.
Additionally, the City will begin the process to directly collect and audit sales and use tax (both in person and online beginning January 1, 2020), which, under statutory rule, is first collected by the state. Direct tax collection by the City improves tax procedures and guarantees that local tax dollars remain in the community to fund local projects. The City also has greater flexibility, clarity and effectiveness in adopting regulations related to streets and traffic management as well as zoning and development.
Read the City’s new Home Rule Charter online, here: https://www.castlepinesgov.com/sites/default/files/media/2019-01-30_castle_pines_home_rule_charter_adopted.pdf