Castle Pines to become home rule city

Posted 11/6/18

Castle Pines voters made their voice heard in the Nov. 6 election and results show a majority believe their city should become a home rule municipality.

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Castle Pines to become home rule city

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Castle Pines voters made their voice heard in the Nov. 6 election and results show a majority believe their city should become a home rule municipality.

The city has been operating as a statutory community, meaning council must usually refer to state law and not a charter of its own when making decisions. The city council in July approved asking voters during the Nov. 6 election if they wanted to become a home rule governance.

Of the 5,188 votes counted as of Nov. 8, the issue passed with approximately 61.6 percent of voters in support of becoming home rule.

While the first ballot question asked voters to approve forming a charter commission, a second question asked them to elect that commission’s members.

As of the Nov. 8 results, those vying to be on the commission garnered the following results:

  • Jeffrey Huff, 11.5 percent
    • Geoff Blue, 10.4 percent
    • Jean Henry, 10.3 percent
    • Bill Hodges, 10.3 percent
    • Douglas Gilbert, 10.3
    • Erik Bowman, 9.8 percent
    • James Coudeyras, 9.8 percent
    • Jim Mulvey, 9.4 percent
    • Charley Zane Heard, 9.2 percent
    • David Scott Brennan, 9.0 percent

The commission’s next task will be to draft a charter within 180 days of election results being certified and made official. A second election will be held in 2019 in which voters would have to approve the charter before it could be implemented. The commission’s meetings are public and the first is scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 26.

Before the first commission meeting, the city council will be conducting interviews to fill three remaining seats on the commission.

City staff and councilmembers said the move would be good for the community — that it would give the City of Castle Pines more local control, the ability to collect its own sales tax and craft a charter that reflects locals citizens’ ideals.

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