Colorado Selection of County Surveyors, Referendum C (2000)

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Colorado Referendum C, also known as the Selection of County Surveyors Act, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Colorado as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Referendum C
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No794,31054.6%
Yes 661,704 45.4%


Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Legislative Constitutional Amendment Analysis by Colorado Legislative Council: Adds the option of appointing a county surveyor to the existing requirement that surveyors be elected; and allows the state legislature to determine when and how the county surveyor position is to be elected or appointed.

Background and Provisions of the Proposal: What is a county surveyor? County surveyors are elected at the county level and may serve up to two four-year terms. Once in office, county surveyors are required by law to represent the county in boundary disputes with other counties, notify the county attorney of boundary disputes, or establish landmarks in the surveying process. County surveyors are also responsible for filing all survey records authorized and financed by the board of county commissioners. If authorized by the board of county commissioners, a county surveyor may also conduct surveys to establish the boundaries of county property, keep records of all known survey points in the county, and examine survey maps and plats before they are recorded by the county clerk and recorder. To qualify for the position of county surveyor, an individual must be licensed as a professional land surveyor in Colorado. Elected surveyors must be residents of the county in which they serve.

How many counties have a surveyor? A total of 27 of the 60 counties to which the amendment applies have an elected surveyor. (The proposal does not affect the three counties with home rule authority: Denver, Pitkin, and Weld.) Two of these 27 counties have a full-time surveyor, and the other 25 surveyors serve on a part-time or as-needed basis. The remaining 33 counties do not have an elected surveyor. When there are no candidates for the office and the office is vacant after an election, the board of county commissioners is allowed to appoint a licensed land surveyor to fill the position. Seven of the counties without an elected surveyor have filled the office by appointment. A county has the option to contract with a private firm for survey work when needed rather than fill the office with an appointed official. When appointed, the surveyor need not be a resident of the county. The county commissioners may also have other county employees assume some of the responsibilities of the county surveyor, although only a licensed professional land surveyor can do land surveying.

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