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I know that Castle Pines North (CPN) will levy a sales tax now that it is a city. When does the new sales tax take effect?
A sales tax of 2.75 percent was approved by CPN voters in the November election. This tax applies to non-food purchases. A sales tax will help fund the new city, but several things need to happen before CPN revenue can be collected. First, CPN has to officially become a city, which will happen when the new city council is sworn in after the February election. Next, a sales tax ordinance has to be passed and statutory notice and waiting periods have to be observed. It is likely that the sales tax will go into effect sometime in early July, but that is ONLY an estimate. Information regarding the sales tax will be shared with residents via The Connection and community e-mail once the new city council addresses the issue.
I have seen a large bobcat in my neighborhood. Is it dangerous? Who do I call if I see a wild animal in our neighborhood?
Several CPN residents have reported sightings of a very large, well fed bobcat in the Forest Park area. Though bobcats are usually not aggressive, residents should always exercise caution when interacting with wildlife. Given the size of this cat, residents should take special care to supervise small children and pets outdoors.
A large bobcat walks behind the Coppola home in Forest Park. (Photo courtesy of Chip Coppola)
Recently, a Glen Oaks resident found evidence of a mountain lion on his property (droppings, footprints) and it is believed that the cat may be using backyard balconies as a place to perch. Again, use extreme caution if you believe such an animal may be close by.
Please report all sightings to the CPN Master Association’s Safety Committee at Contact by email. It is always important to also notify the Colorado Division of Wildlife of any sightings of wild animals by visiting www.wildlife.state.co.us or by calling 303-291-7227. The CPN Master Association reports and tracks sightings with the Wildlife Division. In emergency situations, dial the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7500, or dial 911.