Sept. 17 Council Preview

Finalizing the 2020 Budget tops Town Council’s Sept. 17 agenda


Final adoption of the Town’s 2020 Budget and consideration of the Town’s participation in the 2020 Community Development Block Grant program are both major topics on Town Council’s Sept. 17 meeting agenda. View the full agenda online.

Here is a more in-depth look at Tuesday’s meeting agenda:

  • Proposed 2020 Budget final consideration – Per public feedback, the Town Manager’s Proposed 2020 Budget will continue prioritizing public safety, transportation and water initiatives. Town Council will be asked to adopt the $228 million budget Tuesday. The proposed budget includes three new Police Department positions, $10.6 million toward annual pavement maintenance, and water projects totaling more than $40 million. Numerous additional items – in parks and recreation and other departments – are included. View details at CRgov.com/2020budget.

    The budget also proposes decreasing wastewater rates by 3%, which will result in a .9% reduction in the total water bill for the typical residential customer. Increasing growth-related impact fees charged on new construction to the maximum supportable level beginning in 2020 is also proposed.

    Council will also consider balanced five-year financial and capital project plans that will accomplish a number of important infrastructure projects in the years to come. This year marks the first time the Town Council will adopt a five-year financial plan. This extended planning period has emphasized the need for the Town to diversify its revenue streams to continue meeting our growing community’s level of service needs. This will be an important initiative for the Town over the next several months.

  • Possible participation in Community Development Block Grant program under consideration – The Community Development Block Grant program is focused on providing benefit to low- and moderate-income people in the community. The Town was recently notified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of its eligibility to participate in the 2020 program.

    The program’s criteria states that at least 70% of grant proceeds, estimated to be $222,000 for Castle Rock in 2020, must be used for one of the following criteria: benefit those of low or moderate income, prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or address community development needs. In the past, Council has declined to participate, but staff is recommending moving forward with the program in 2020 knowing there are clear and accessible exit ramps.

Stay tuned

Town Council generally meets twice a month to make decisions that impact the community. Whether it’s a road project, construction contract or budget amendment, Town Council is working to represent you. 

Wondering what happens next? Keep an eye on your inbox. A follow-up email will be sent detailing the outcome of this meeting. Council meetings are open to the public and are generally held the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meetings are in Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Wilcox St. Or, watch Council live at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil. Recordings are also posted online after the meeting.


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