Letter to the editor: Ballot question prompts many questions

Posted 10/4/17

I wonder why Castle Rock citizens want to add a political layer to our system. Our collaborative city council may become a council working against a mayoral agenda. Without an agenda, what will …

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Letter to the editor: Ballot question prompts many questions

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I wonder why Castle Rock citizens want to add a political layer to our system. Our collaborative city council may become a council working against a mayoral agenda. Without an agenda, what will citizens base their vote on?  Agendas are ripe for special interests, not the interests of town citizens. At the Sept. 15 council meeting, a Committee for Citizens for Elected Mayor (CCEM) proponent said a newly elected mayor would not be dubious, but she could not speak to five or 10 years ahead. Remember, our charter will be changed now. What safe guards will be in place to prevent corruption now or later? Currently nothing.

Much like Colorado's legalize pot debacle, this initiative has no substance other than "elect the mayor." It seems to me this was rushed onto the ballot to ensure a charter change before the 2018 redistricting plan.

Pragmatically, Council members/mayor earn between $7,800 and $11,400 annually. Will the elected mayor be full-time with a salary increase, a decorated office, citizenship requirements, mayoral expenses? How much office square footage will Castle Rock citizens pay for?

Visit CRGov.com Financial Filings page to note $13,897 was raised by the CCEM: $7,000 from six out-of-town donors, $6,796 from the Teal family and $100 from Randy Reed. Why was more than half of the money raised from Denver citizens?

The fund was expended: $9,000 to On the Ballot for petition expenses, $4,317 to The Hudson Firm for PR, $578 miscellaneous expenses.

Please visit TheHudsonFirm.Com to note on the mission page: "We start mass media fires and put them out when necessary. Want to get noticed or want to be invisible... The Hudson Firm can assist you." Why is this PR firm needed for a simple vote? Are Castle Rock residents OK with being manipulated?

Debbie Letvinuck

Castle Rock

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