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Castle Rock gets a big "F" because of the horrible government

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I have lived in Castle Rock for well over 10 years now. Castle Rock gets a big, fat "F"! The town is nice enough, but the government is HORRIBLE! Unfortunately, the citizens have not figured out how to get the city government under control...so they just complain.The problem is the government here thinks they know better than the citizens. They follow the "letter of the law" and pay lip service to "citizen input". But they don't give two hoots what the citizens actually think. When the citizens make their voice clear, the arrogant city officials figure out a legal way to go around what the citizens said they want. I've seen them do it again and again. Citizens vote something down, and about a year later the city sticks exactly what the citizens voted "no" on into some other piece of legislation they can use to force it through.They city holds town meetings, claiming they "want input" from citizens. What a joke! They don't want or take input -- in fact they make it very clear that the meeting is just to give information.The government regularly runs rough-shot over citizen rights in pursuit of their master growth plans. They have entirely destroyed entire neighborhoods from a livability perspective, because they care more about their plans then the citizens who live in those neighborhoods.Move here, and you will get to know the "water Nazis" -- not a term I made up. It is what basically everyone in Castle Rock calls them. Move here and you will find out that Tabor law need not apply -- the town will figure out some way or other to tax the daylights out of you and at the same time get around Tabor. Move here and you might learn how crooked town officials leverage their weight for personal gain (I know somebody personally who was prevented from building his custom home because a town official simply did not like the ranch-style floor plan he intended to build...she didn't think it would "fit" in her neighborhood!). Move here and you will find out Castle Rock disagrees with the rest of Colorado on how food should not be taxed.Best of all, if you come to Castle Rock you will get a big dose of Castle Rock propaganda handed to you by the city spin doctors. They even produce a magazine that tells you how great it is to live in Castle Rock! If you are in the know, you quickly see that the propaganda is full of lies! As example, Castle Rock sent out this great spin story about how they were being so fiscally responsible by re-purposing specialized reflective tape that was "left over" from another project. But anybody with the inside scoop knew that the town made a royal screw-up and purchased WAY TOO MUCH of the material for the project. Of course they did not correct their mistake, nor did they save the specialized material for the next time they actually needed it for what it is intended for.Yup, Castle Rock is a big, fat "F". I would not move here again, knowing what I now know about the government. When we are able to, we will be moving far away -- good riddance written on our back......unless the citizens can figure out some day how to quit complaining about the government officials, and actually fix them (we have tried to recall town council multiple times, unsuccessfully).
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Source: The Castle Rock, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).