El Paso County, Colorado

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El Paso County is one of 64 counties in Colorado. The county seat is Colorado Springs.

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The good

  • Budget
    • Budget information is provided.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meetings are listed[2]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected Officials are listed[3]
  • Administrative officials
    • Administrative officials are listed[4]
  • Planning
    • Building permits and zoning information is provided.[5][6]
  • Contracts
    • Contract information is given.[7]
    • A vendor list is provided.[8]
  • Public records
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information is available.[10]
  • Audits
    • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available from 2000 - 2010.[11]
  • Lobbying

The bad

  • none

Elected Officials

El Paso County is governed by a board of 5 commissioners, which represent 5 districts in the county.

The current county commissioners are:

Administrative Officials

Administrative officials are appointed or hired, rather than elected, yet they are often in control of many policies that affect the county. Appointees and Officials in El Paso County are divided into six departments[4]:

  • County Administrator
  • Legal Services/County Attorney
  • Health and Environment
  • Human Services
  • Pikes Peak Workforce
  • Public Trustee

Spending

2012 Preliminary Balanced Budget -- Allocations of Expenditures by Category[14]
Fund Department Personnel Personnel Intergovernmental Reimbursements Operating Capital Operating Intergovernmental Reimbursements Transfers 2012 Preliminary Balanced Budget
2 Dept. of Transportation 14,522,581 (1,787,501) 4,753,170 122,000 0 0 17,610,250
3 Road & Bridge Escrow 0 0 0 0 0 819,656 819,656
4 Dept of Human Services 24,283,653 0 26,533,390 45,000 0 1,637,957 52,500,000
6 Community Investment 0 0 20,466,652 0 0 0 20,466,652
12 Self Insurance 21,238,784 0 3,595,935 0 0 0 24,834,719
15 Conservation Trust* 1,076,289 0 204,170 20,000 0 0 1,300,459
16 Retirement Fund* 8,007,022 0 86,676 0 0 0 8,093,698
17 Retirement Admin.* 230,528 0 16,472 0 0 0 247,000
19 Schools' Trust Fund* 0 0 100,000 0 0 0 100,000
22 Solid Waste Management* 382,033 (50,531) 536,709 69,981 0 0 938,192
25 Economic Development * 329,158 0 4,683,342 0 0 0 5,012,500
66 Pikes Peak Workforce* 3,128,473 0 4,125,581 0 0 0 7,254,054
74,75 LIDs Rancho Road & Falcon Vista* 0 0 111,500 0 0 0 111,500
Totals 159,372,247 (11,499,711) 106,420,105 3,713,520 (3,082,894) 2,460,008 257,383,274

Taxes

Mill Levies for El Paso County, Colorado.[15]
TAXING ENTITY 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 CHANGE
El Paso County 7.710 7.514 7.748 7.531 7.882 0.351
Pikes Peak Library District 3.515 3.325 3.540 3.468 3.556 0.088

Public Records & Transparency

El Paso County citizens are guaranteed access to public records through the Colorado Open Records Act. In El Paso County, citizens have access to an online public records database[16] If the document is available electronically, it can be viewed without charge. If a hard copy is requested, the citizen must pay for it according to the following schedule[16]:

  • Document copy fees are $0.25 per page.
  • Plat map copies are $3.00 per page.
  • Certification fees are $1.00 per document.

For documents to be returned by mail, the following postage and handling fees apply:

  • 1-10 Pages - $1.25, 11-20 Pages - $2.00, Over 20 Pages - $2.50.
  • For plat map copies: 1-2 Pages $3.00, 3 Pages-$3.50, Over 3 Pages-$6.50

Emergency Personnel

El Paso County elects a sheriff to serve its citizens. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office employs 439 officers and 189 civilian employees. It is divided into three divisions: Detention, Law Enforcement, and Support Services.

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