Montrose County, Colorado

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Montrose County is a county in the U.S. state of Colorado. The county seat is the city of Montrose.

Website evaluation

Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public records Y
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Local taxes
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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Colorado county websites

This site was evaluated on Aug. 14, 2012.

The good

  • County commissioners are listed with their roles, bios, office address, phone number and personalized email.[1]
  • Notices of meetings with the times and locations is listed on the website.[2] There are also meeting minutes dating back to 2007[3] and meeting agendas dating back to 2007 as well.[4] There is also an archive of streamed meetings available.[5]
  • Information is provided on how to file a public records request with the county.[6] In addition the Clerk acknowledges its role as the public information office and provides an office address, phone number and email.[7] There is also a public records database on the site.[8]
  • County audits are provided dating back to 2005.[9]
  • The most recent budget and budets dating back to 2007 are provided.[10]
  • Each department lists who is in charge and provides an office address, phone number and email contact.
  • The county provides information its sales tax rate.[11]
  • The Assessor and Treasurer provide extensive information on property taxes.[12][13]
  • Zoning resolutions and other development information is provided.[14] There are also license and permit applications provided.[15]
  • Bids and how to conduct business with the county is disclosed.[16]

The bad

  • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
  • If the county engaged in lobbying activities or if it is a member of lobbying associations is not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.


In 2010, Montrose County coordinated efforts to increase transparency in local government, both internally and with the public. County Manager Jessie Smith identified three priorities for the County based on meetings with elected officials and County department heads, namely Communications, Financial Planning and Control, and Strategic Planning. As a part of these transparency efforts, the county website has been updated to provide easily accessible and current information. The county has also held focus group sessions with randomly selected public representatives to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Montrose County, as well as expected results of identified issues. A report was compiled based on these sessions and strategic planning was executed to finalize goals, which will be incorporated into the county budget.[17]

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