Letter to the editor: Steer clear of Prop 2A

Posted 10/21/20

Steer clear of Prop 2A Castle Pines has a problem with decaying streets due to poor initial design, the stress of overweight vehicles, too much winter salting, and just the age of the streets. The …

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Letter to the editor: Steer clear of Prop 2A

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Steer clear of Prop 2A

Castle Pines has a problem with decaying streets due to poor initial design, the stress of overweight vehicles, too much winter salting, and just the age of the streets. The city council’s proposal for new taxes totaling $60 million is the wrong solution. Half of the $60 million goes to financial fees and interest rather than roads. That alone appears to be poor stewardship of the city’s funds.

At the same time the city is moving forward, without voter approval, on a new $5 million city hall. The project is being rushed to be done before the next council election in November 2021. The $5 million should go to roads not a new city hall!

As one of the city founders who developed the initial fiscal plans, I helped set up a tax available for this with Question 2E, approved 2 to 1 in 2007. The promise we made was that incorporating a city would not mean higher property taxes, so a reduction of taxes elsewhere was needed. With the past and coming reduction in taxes from the Castle Pines North Metro District, Question 2E can kick in and provide funds for roads.

So why now a new tax in 2A with hefty fees and interest? And, why a new tax when a $5 million city hall project is being rushed to avoid voter input? We need to do better!

When Castle Pines voters receive their ballots, go to the last page and fill in “No” under the 2A question.

Doug Gilbert

Castle Pines

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