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Voters on Nov. 7 approved a citizen-initiated measure to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Town’s Mayor is elected. Now, the Mayor will be elected at-large, and there will be six Councilmembers elected within six districts. While this election changed the language in the Town Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for the election did not identify critical elements such as qualifications for Mayor and a timeline for the transition to the new Council structure. These items must be identified in the Town Charter before the voter-approved changes can be implemented.Because any change to the Town Charter requires voter approval, another election will be required. Town Council wants community input before asking voters to consider another series of Charter amendments. To do so quickly, efficiently and with public input, Town Council has formed a Citizen Advisory Committee, which will advise Council on:
Applications for the committee are now being accepted at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee. Council anticipates a special election in spring 2018. Get details on the Citizen Advisory Committee and sign up for updates at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee, or read a mailer sent to the community.
Yes, there is a citizen-driven initiative to change the Town’s Charter. The proposed change would amend the Castle Rock Town Charter to allow for the at-large, town-wide election of the office of Mayor. In addition, it will include district changes. Town Council currently consists of seven members elected from the district they live in. Currently, the Mayor is appointed. The proposed amendment would reduce the number from seven to six districts.
The acting Town Clerk deemed there are a sufficient number of valid signatures for the effort to go forward. State Statute required Town Council to set a ballot question and call an election. The special election has been set for Nov. 7. Town Council also directed staff to develop an educational mailer for residents. The purpose is to help voters understand the question as they fill out their ballot. As part of the mailer, Town staff has been identifying draft arguments for and draft arguments against the Charter amendment. Residents now have the opportunity to submit feedback regarding the mailer messaging.
Learn more about the election and draft mailer at CRgov.com/2017SpecialElection.