Jefferson County, Colorado
See also: Evaluation of Colorado county websites
This site was evaluated in Dec. 2012.
- Elected officials
- Administrative officials
- Federally required single audit reports are available on an annual basis.
- Information about new contracts -- including the contractor, the purpose of the contract and the amount -- is posted monthly.
- Public records
- Lobbyists hired, total spent and legislative agendas are published.
- Property taxes and sales tax information is available.
- Memberships to government sector lobbying associations are not listed, nor are the membership dues.
Jefferson County has 10 elected officials. The public trustee is appointed by the governor for a four-year term. The commissioners are elected at-large to four-year, staggered terms and are charged with setting policy.
|Pam Anderson||Clerk & Recorder||$87,300|
|Faye Griffin||Commissioner, District 1||$87,300|
|John Odom||Commissioner, District 2||$87,300|
|Donald Rosier||Commissioner, District 3||$87,300|
|Scott Storey||District Attorney||$169,764.34|
|Margaret T. Chapman||Public Trustee||$71,499.93|
|Diana A. Eskew||Surveyor||$5,500.08|
The proposed budget for 2012 totals $489.3 million, from $476.9 million in 2011. More than half of the budget goes to salaries and benefits. The Sheriff's department spends more money than any other department, with its $89.6 million accounting for 18% of county expenses. Development and Transportation accounts for $70.8 million, and Human Services spends $72.2 million. The latter two departments have decreased their spending from the previous years, while the sheriff's department has increased.
|Department||General Fund||Special Revenue Funds||Enterprise & Component Funds||Debt Service Funds||Capital Projects Funds||Internal Service Funds||Total -- All Funds|
|Board of County Commissioners||$806,640||-||-||-||-||-||$806,640|
|Clerk and Recorder||$13,940,047||-||-||-||-||-||$13,940,047|
|Development & Transportation||$12,327,320||$37,846,646||$11,924,435||$4,028,538||$4,709,394||-||$70,836,333|
|Jefferson County Parks||$2,452,358||$27,333,567||-||$12,934,490||-||-||$42,720,415|
See also: Colorado government sector lobbying
From 2004 to 2010, the county spent $770,000 on lobbying firms, as shown below. The county does not disclose any of this taxpayer-funded activity on its website.
|Brownstein, Hyatt, et. al.||2010||$120,000|
Transparency & public records
The pro-transparency group Colorado Spending Transparency hailed the Jeffco Transparency Initiative, saying it "sets the standard for government transparency in Colorado."
Residents pay property taxes, sales taxes, an auto ownership tax and other taxes. The county also brings in money through fees, permits, fines, rents and investment earnings. Half of tax revenue comes from property taxes, 10 percent comes from sales taxes, and taxes account for about two-thirds of county revenue. Changes in revenue sources from 2010 to 2011 were modest.
- Colorado on State Budget Solutions
- Jefferson County Official Website
- Jefferson County on E-Reference
- Jefferson County Public Schools
- Jefferson County Public Library
- Jefferson County Free Public Records Directory
- Jefferson County on Epodunk
- Coors Brewing Co
- U.S. Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts, Jefferson County, Colorado
- Wikipedia, Rocky Mountains
- Jefferson County, Colorado -- Budget
- Jefferson County, Colorado -- Search Procurement Card Expenditures; Search Checkbook
- Jefferson County Meetings
- Media On-Demand
- Jefferson County Agenda Feed
- Jefferson County Minutes Feed
- Jefferson County Elected Officials
- Voting records, Accessed: Dec. 17, 2012
- Meeting videos, Accessed: Dec. 17, 2012
- Jefferson County Services, A-Z Index
- Administrator, Accessed: Dec. 25, 2012
- Permit Search
- Building Permit Checklist
- Applications, Forms & Handouts
- Financial Reports
- Jefferson County Legal Notices and Contracts
- Open Records Requests
- Transparent Jeffco
- Lobbying, Accessed: Dec. 17, 2012
- Assessor, Accessed: Dec. 17, 2012
- Press Listing Report of Gross Pay For Year 2010
- Budget Summaries (dead link)
- Jefferson County, Colorado -- 2012 Proposed Budget (PDF) (dead link) Accessed 10 November 2010]
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- Colorado Spending Transparency, Jeffco sets standard on transparency, July 20, 2009