Arapahoe County, Colorado
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This site was last reviewed on Sept. 19, 2012.
- The 2011 budget is posted. There are also budget documents available dating back to 2006.
- The most current audit is available, as well as archives of comprehensive financial reports dating back to 2004.
- Meeting calendars, agendas and meeting minutes for 2012 are available. There are also archives of meeting minutes available dating back to 2007.
- Elected officials are listed with biographies and contact information including: office address, phone number and a personalized e-mail.
- Department heads are listed with an office address, phone number and e-mail address.
- The site has comprehensive information on zoning and has information on fees and permit applications.
- The county provides information on local taxes, property taxes and allows citizens to pay taxes online.
- The purchasing division provides information on registering as a vendor, bidding opportunities and how to submit a proposal. It also provides closed contract bids.
- The public works department has noted it is lobbying for federal grants.
- The county's fee schedule notes it charges $1.00 per document.
- There is a link to a public records search.
- The Communications Director is identified at the public information officer and provides a phone number, email and physical address.
- Membership to lobbying associations, membership dues, or amount spent on county lobbyists are not disclosed.
The Board of County Commissioners oversees the County by serving as the administrative and policy-making body. The Board approves the budget, hires staff, and oversees land-use planning and development in unincorporated Arapahoe County. The Board also administers County services, such as Road and Bridge, Transportation, Snow and Ice Removal, Human Services and Animal Control.
Voters elect the Clerk and Recorder, Sheriff, Assessor, Treasurer, Coroner and District Attorney. The Board sets the budget for these offices annually. The County has roughly 1,950 employees.
The county board of commissioners serves both as a legislative and administrative body of Arapahoe. There are, however, eleven departments that assist with the management of the county.
The total adopted 2011 budget for Arapahoe county is $328.3 million, a three-year low for the county. "Services and other" comprise the largest expenditures for the county at $112.7 million -- the second highest the county has budgeted for that expense in a three year period. Salaries and Wages are the next largest expense, totaling just over $110 million. Revenues for the county were estimated to be $318.8 million, meaning the county is budgeted to overspend itself by $10 million.
|Expenditure category||2008 Actual||2009 Actual||2010 Amended Budget||2010 Estimate||2011 Adopted budget|
|Salaries and Wages||$108,805,580||$105,374,054||$113,492,348||$111,292,495||$110,006,741|
|Services and Other||$105,923,359||$100,688,782||$170,927,101||$99,108,300||$112,705,290|
|Total County Expenditures||$345,707,581||$352,542,748||$477,896,707||$369,498,506||$328,373,435|
- Main article:Colorado government sector lobbying
Arapahoe County has reported $680,000 spent lobbying since 2002 (see table). Despite this spending, there is no information about it on the county's website.
|Year||Amount spent on lobbying|
|County||Total mill levy||Sales tax|
|Revenue Sources (in millions)|
|Licenses & Permits||5.0||1.6%|
|Intergovt. & Grants||94.6||29.7%|
|Charges for Services||17.5||5.5%|
|Fines and Forfeits||1.1||0.3%|
|Other Fin. Sources/Misc.||1.4||0.4%|
Open Space Tax
"On Nov. 4, 2003, the electors of Arapahoe County voted to impose a 0.25% County Open Space sales and use tax on the sale of tangible personal property at retail and the furnishings of certain services within the County as provided in Section 29-2-105(1)(d), C.R.S. This tax is effective Jan. 1, 2004, through Dec. 31, 2013 for the purpose of preserving open space in Arapahoe County."
Arapahoe County citizens elect a sheriff to serve its citizens. The current sheriff of Arapahoe is Grayson Robinson. The Sheriff's department is divided into several bureaus: Administration, Detention/Admin Services Bureau, Professional Standards Bureau, and the Public Safety Bureau. Arapahoe has a comment card form for their citizens to fill out regarding service satisfaction, but data from this survey is not available.
- Colorado on State Budget Solutions
- Arapahoe County Official Website
- Arapahoe County Assessor
- Arapahoe County on E-Reference
- Arapahoe Libraries
- Arapahoe County Family Child Care Association
- Arapahoe County, 2011 budget, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Archived financial documents, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Meetings, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, County Commissioners, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Departments, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Planning division, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Planning forms, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Treasurer, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Purchasing, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Public Works Department, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Arapahoe County, Fee schedule, Accessed: July 24, 2012
- Public Records Index
- Arapahoe County, Communications, Accessed: Sept. 19, 2012
- Arapaho County, Colorado -- Elected Officials Bios
- Arapahoe County, Colorado -- Departments
- Arapahoe County, Colorado -- Adopted 2011 Budget. (PDF) Accessed 10 Nov 2011
- Open Secrets
- Arapahoe County, Color -- Open Sales Tax Accessed 10 Nov. 2011
- [http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/Departments/SH/index.asp Arapahoe County, Colorado -- Sheriff's office