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Local Government

Technical Assistance Services include administrative, financial, and other assistance to local officials, staff, and citizens in the day-to-day operation of a local government. The Technical Assistance Section delivers assistance through workshops, publications, individual consultations and on-line resources.

 

General areas of assistance include but are not limited to Budgeting, Finance, General Government Administration, Special District Administration and Elections, and Water and Wastewater management.In addition, Technical Assistance staff process and assist with a number of required local government filings that are received by the Department of Local Affairs, and perform research functions for the state, local governments, and other interested individuals.

 

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Colorado law requires most local governments to prepare, adopt and file an annual financial plan. If a local government levies property tax, the budget must be adopted before certification of the levy (Dec. 15). Otherwise, the budget must be adopted by Dec. 31.

 

The department provides assistance in:

  • operating and capital budgeting
  • policy development
  • budget preparation and the effects of TABOR

 

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DOLA provides professional assistance to local governments in many areas of financial management. DOLA offers and annual series of workshops on topics of current financial management and/or budgeting interest.

  • investments and cash management
  • borrowing money
  • revenues
  • expenditures
  • fiscal policies
  • banking
  • trend analysis and projections

 

Contact Scott Olene at 303-866-2853 or scott.olene@state.co.us.

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DOLA coordinates the State-Local Purchasing Program. Local Governments may purchase commodities and services. Th e Colorado State-Local Purchasing Program enhances the procurement programs of counties, municipalities, school, special districts and other political subdivisions with cooperative purchasing, technical information and procurement alternatives.

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DOLA staff are available to assist special districts in the daily administrative operations of their district. Compliance requirements by state statute, including posting of meeting notices, open records and elections, are all part o f an efficient district that effectively serves the public. DOLA is available for:

  • technical assistance in running elections
  • assistance in the organization of the district
  • consolidation, inclusion or exclusion of property
  • the dissolution of districts

 

Election information: In May of even-numbered years, all Title 32, Article 1 Districts are required by state statute either to conduct or legally cancel their biennial election. DOLA distribution an election code manual to all special districts in December of odd-numbered years.

 

Compliance information: DOLA maintains information on each special district. There is an election database with election results from 1992 - present. State statutes requires that DOLA maintain information regarding contact people, addresses, telephone numbers, boards of directors, terms of office, maps and changes in boundaries, and the services provided by each district in the state.

 

Contact Joe McConnell at 303-866-3180, or joe.mcconnell@state.co.us.

 

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DOLA assists communities in addressing the range of problems they often face, from overburdened water or wastewater treatment plants to inadequate budgeting and accounting practices. Management assistance. Sound management practices prevent and solve problems, free up cash needed for improvements, and help secure funding. DOLA can help local governments strengthen budgeting and financial management.

 

Financial assistance: There are a number of potential sources of funds available to local governments to make needed improvements to water and wastewater systems:

  • State Revolving Loan funds, which provide below-market loans and small qualifying grants to qualifying entities to upgrade water and sewage treatment systems.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grants and low-interest loans to rural communities.
  • Community Development Block Grants for low- to moderate-income populations.
  • Impact Assistance program grants and low-interest loans to areas affected by energy and mineral development.
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board loans for raw water supply, storage and transmission.
  • Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority loans for water storage, treatment,
    distribution systems and wells, as well as wastewater projects.

 

Emergency grants and loans: DOLA can provide and coordinate technical and financial assistance to communities faced with health hazards that arise from sudden, unplanned circumstances, such as floods or freezing.

 

For more information, contact Barry Cress at 303-864-7736, or barry.cress@state.co.us.

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Research staff maintain databases containing historical financial information for Colorado’s counties, municipalities and special districts. The information is gleaned from local government financial statements and is used by citizens, taxpayer groups, and both public- and private-sector analysts to develop financial trends and projections, measure the impact of growth and annexation, create and assess public policy, compare revenues and expenditures of local governments, and make important decisions, such as whether to buy a government’s bonds, buying a house served by special districts, and understanding local tax matters or the issuance of public debt.

 

For more information, contact Don Merrion at 303-866-3001 or email don.merrion@state.co.us.

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As the primary state agency for demographic information, department staff prepare,maintain and interpret population statistics, estimates and projections. This includes distribution of the state’s population by age, racial and ethnic groups for political and administrative subdivisions. Special data profiles are available for every county and municipality. This includes distribution of the state’s population by age, racial and ethnic groups for political and administrative subdivisions. Special data profiles are available for every county and municipality. In addition, its Geographic Information System (GIS) section provides mapping support and geographic analysis by local government boundaries and decennial census statistical geography.

 

For demographic information, contact the section’s information line at 303-866-2156 or visit the section's website. For GIS data, contact Sheila Dorrell at 303-866-5433 or sheila.dorrell@state.co.us.

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The Community Development Office assists communities by providing information and resources on how to develop their communities in a way that balances economic, environmental and social needs. The CDO provides assistance to local governments on land use planning and economic development, including Planning 101 training for planning commissioners and elected bodies, and workshops for local government planning staff. The CDO also manages the Main Street® program for Colorado, and provides technical assistance and training to communities on economic development and downtown revitalization.

 

Main Street® Program: The Colorado Main Street® Program is a program to revitalize traditional downtown districts within the context of historic preservation. The program uses an approach that advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of central business districts based on their traditional assets of unique architecture, personal services, local ownership, and a sense of community.