Hidden Treasures

They gave all municipal candidates these links for our reference, but I thought I would share them here as well.  Information is only useful if it is in the hands of those who need it.

Transparency Portal:  So much information hidden behind such an innocuous portal.

Town Code:  The Rules, regulations, charter and other legalese that make us the Town we are.

Town Survey:  Tremendous details on the latest and most comprehensive citizen survey ever initiated by the town.   But I encourage you to poke around there are surveys dating back over a decade showing almost all the same issues and frustrations that are still being voiced today.  This is the #1 reason why I’m the smart choice for Castle Rock, I am the only choice that is not more of the same.

Property Tax:  Everyone’s favorite subject, TAXES!  This site has excellent information highlighting where property tax revenues go.  What is missing are the other sources of revenue and discussions about how Enterprise Funds and Capital Funds Operate.  But you’ll start to learn how Special Districts are abused by developers to get out of their share.

Comprehensive Master Plan:  A great experiment to see if we can channel our communities needs in a way that allows maximum flexibility.  The upside, potential conversations with developers on how to best grow castle rock.  The risk, this is conversational, not legally binding.  I use this document as a checklist on Planning Commission to make sure items that are presented uphold the values presented within this document.  And I helped write it.

Budgets and Audits: A detailed look at where the money is going.  Sure to upset some, but important to know what the reality is.

Your Town Academy:  Want to learn about the Town, but don’t have the time for a full commission appointment?  Currently, in the third year, this is a great way to learn about all the major functions of the town.  I graduated from this program the first year it was offered.

Boards and Commissions: A great way to start your volunteer experience and to start learning the details about how a specific element of the town is run.  These Boards and Commissions are the Town Staff’s first opportunity to present ideas to the public and are an invaluable resource to the Town Council.

Water Plans:  Detailed guides to our strategy, including additional resources, renewable efforts, conservation and rates & fees.  I served as the chair on the Water Committee for 6 years, so I know how complex this issue can be.

Transportation Master Plan:  I’m going to break with my normally pro-town voice on this, but this master plan while presented in a positive light really does a disservice by not highlighting the shortcomings we are facing, in terms of capital, changing demographics, and economic relevancy. I don’t have the solution for our transportation issues, but this document does start helping us frame the conversation.

Events: Multiple Calendar for what’s happening in town.  Useful, but it shows how outdated the portal is, and highlights the need for a much more comprehensive community calendar.

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