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Castle Pines North incorporates
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Residents of a community of subdivisions north of Castle Rock have decided to become Douglas County's next city.

"It's just a very, very, stunning victory for the entire community," said Maureen Shul, one of the leaders of the incorporation effort, after residents overwhelmingly voted to become the county's fifth municipality. "Collectively, (residents) said 'Yes, we do want a voice and a vote, and we do want to control our own destiny.'"

In February, residents will vote again, this time to elect a city council and mayor.

The idea to incorporate Castle Pines North was spurred by a spat with a neighboring community over which should get revenues from businesses in a strip mall.

Residents began the incorporation process Dec. 3, filing their petition in Douglas County Court three minutes before Castle Pines Village.

Both communities included in their boundary map 65 businesses on the Castle Pines Parkway exit on Interstate 25 — businesses that bring an estimated $1.3 million in sales tax a year.

In June, both communities agreed to split the sales and use tax revenues from the businesses, and Castle Pines Village withdrew its incorporation petition for now.

Castle Pines North will keep the businesses within its boundary, but the two communities will split the revenues.

But what began as a boundary dispute became a rallying call for residents, who saw incorporation as a way to unite the 30 or so homeowners' associations into a city with clout in the county.

Castle Pines North residents expected the cost to run their new city to range from $6.9 million to $9.4 million. They will contract the services of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for $600,000 a year.

Castle Pines North has more than 9,500 residents in the various subdivisions that make up the new city.

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