Caryn Johnson, candidate for Castle Rock Town Council, District 5

Posted 9/28/18

Profession: Volunteer Resident of Castle Rock for 13 years Campaign website: www.facebook.com/Caryn.JohnsonDistrict5/ Why are you seeking this office? I'm seeking this office because I am concerned …

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Caryn Johnson, candidate for Castle Rock Town Council, District 5

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Profession: Volunteer

Resident of Castle Rock for 13 years

Campaign website: www.facebook.com/Caryn.JohnsonDistrict5/

Why are you seeking this office?

I'm seeking this office because I am concerned about the town being too dependent on sales tax revenue to meet the needs of our community. Sales tax revenue is currently 25 percent of the town's income. Since sales tax revenues are susceptible to economic downturns or shifts it is important that we diversify the town's tax base by encouraging a variety of employers to locate in Castle Rock.

What makes you the best choice for this office?

What makes me the best choice for this office is that I have previously served on the parks and recreation commission for six years and I currently serve on the water commission. I've lived in Castle Rock going on 14 years, during which I have seen a lot of change. Serving on town council would provide me the opportunity to help guide Castle Rock to grow responsibly while retaining its natural beauty.

What are the most important duties of a member of council?

The most important duties of a member of council are to develop a financial plan and budget that ensures the needs of the town are met without excessive risk, establish policy and programs so that the Town operates effectively and efficiently and to pass ordinances, rules and regulations for the welfare of the town.

What should be done to ensure a high quality of life for residents as the town's population continues to grow?

To ensure a high quality of life for the residents of Castle Rock as the town continues to grow can be done by sensibly managing the land as new developments are built by making sure they add value and enjoyment to our community. Also, it's important that the town secure sustainable funding so that it can continue to provide the outstanding town services our residents enjoy.

What will your top priority be if you are elected to this office?

My top priority if I am elected to town council will be to look at ways to diversify the town's tax base while keeping the small-town character and natural beauty of Castle Rock that attracts so many people to move here.

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