Council sets ballot language for elected-mayor issue

Voters to decide who elects their mayor Nov. 7

Staff report
Posted 8/16/17

After hours of deliberation, the Castle Rock Town Council has settled on the language for a November ballot issue that will ask voters if the town mayor should be elected by a vote of the people rather than continuing with the current system, in …

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Council sets ballot language for elected-mayor issue

Voters to decide who elects their mayor Nov. 7

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After hours of deliberation, the Castle Rock Town Council has settled on the language for a November ballot issue that will ask voters if the town mayor should be elected by a vote of the people rather than continuing with the current system, in which the mayor is elected by the seven-member council.

Council was tasked with the job after a citizen petition recently secured enough signatures to send the issue to voters in the Nov. 7 election. Citizens will also be asked to shrink the council from seven members to six.

Councilmembers debated between two versions of the ballot question at the Aug. 1 meeting before making a final decision at their Aug. 15 meeting. The ballot language council chose was more closely aligned with the language on the petition presented to citizens during circulation, Town Attorney Bob Slentz told councilmembers.

The second choice had included a timeframe in which an at-large mayoral system would take effect should the measure pass. But, because the petition had not included any language concerning a timeline for implementation, that option could be vulnerable to legal challenge, Slentz said.

The Nov. 7 ballot question will read:

“Shall the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the town council, the seven-member governing body of the town, consist of a mayor elected by all of the electors of the town for a four-year term, with the mayor's service limited to two four-year terms, and six councilmembers who are elected for four-year terms by the electors of the district where each councilmember resides?”

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