Transparency

    Message from the Douglas County Commissioners

    As the Board of County Commissioners we believe that open and transparent government requires that the business of County government should be open to effective public review. This includes access to information as well as the knowledge of the ability to participate in public discussion. For these reasons, this transparency portal was created - to provide a one-stop, comprehensive site through which information about the business of County government could be located and navigated. This website was designed to further our accountability to the citizens and taxpayers of Douglas County. As such we support:
    • public processes that provide opportunities for diverse opinions and ideas to be heard and considered
    • affording citizens and taxpayers with proper and public due process;
    • performing our duties and responsibilities professionally, fairly, openly and respectfully;
    • keeping elected officials, citizens, taxpayers and one another informed via timely information;
    • diligent management of financial affairs in order to ensure the County's long term financial health and the provision of essential public services;
    • balancing short-term and long-term priorities in order that we may promote sustainable communities, a sustainable environment, and sustainable economic opportunities which support and maintain the quality of life in Douglas County;
    • providing clear direction and guidance to citizen committees and commissions;
    • working to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts to the benefit of our community.
    For more detailed information about the Board's adherence to principles of governance please visit review the Board of County Commissioners Policy Governance Manual. We welcome your ideas and comments by phone 303.660.7401 or by e-mail  bocc@douglas.co.us Sincerely, Jill Repella,  Roger Partridge, David Weaver

    Financial

    The Board of County Commissioners is committed to diligent management of financial affairs in order to ensure the County's long-term financial health and the provision of essential public services.  The Board is committed to working to ensure that Douglas County government provides services to all Douglas County citizens, taxpayers, and communities in an effective and cost efficient manner.

    DC Tax Calculator

    This calculator will provide all Douglas County property owners with information about their property's proportionate share of service categories supporting Douglas County citizens and taxpayers. Visit www.douglas.co.us/taxes

    Please visit www.douglas.co.us/finance/  for more information

    Land Use

    The Board of County Commissioners encourages community involvement in local government and, as such, requires an open, public process in which the business of the public is accomplished in public  and posted for public review.  Land use decisions are no exception.  Following are links to the online resources related to the County's work processing land use applications, and other land use decisions.

    Public Meetings

    The Board of County Commissioners believes in open and transparent government and, as such, requires that the business of County government should be open to effective public review. This includes access to information as well as the knowledge of the ability to participate in public discussion so that diverse opinions and ideas may be heard and considered. Following are the various online sources through which citizens and taxpayers may learn more about where the business of County government is being conducted in a public forum:

     

    Community Connections

    Community conversations are taking place throughout Douglas County - in very traditional settings and through online tools. Through the citizen survey, community meetings, and social media sites the County is engaging citizens and taxpayers in the process of governance. Please visit the following sites for examples of how you too can be part of the conversation:

    Citizen ConnectBusiness ConnectCitizen Alert

    Facebook Twitter Vimeo LinkedIn

    State/Federal Lobbying

    The Board of County Commissioners recognizes that to fully represent Douglas County’s interests during state and national-level policy debates on issues that impact local government, there must be a level of participation in the halls of government in Denver and in Washington, D.C.  As such the County has an in-house lobbyist and retains contract lobbyists to help represent the County's interests in economic development, natural resources, human services, public lands, transportation, and public safety.

    By state law, all those who lobby on behalf of Douglas County must file income and expenditures reports with the Secretary of State.
    Douglas County is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), the only national organization that represents county governments before the Administration and Congress. To learn more about NACo and the legislative priorities of this national association, please visit: National Association of Counties (NACo)
    Douglas County is also a member of Colorado Counties, Inc., the state association representing Colorado Counties at the state capitol.  To learn more about Colorado Counties please visit: www.ccionline.org.
    The 2014 membership dues paid for CCI total $47,276. For the National Association of Counties membership dues total $2,505.

    Documents

     

    Elections

    For historical elections information, how to register to vote, voting by mail, important dates and other frequently asked Elections questions, please visit: www.DouglasVotes.com

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    Elected Officials

    For biographies and head shots please visit Douglas County Elected Officials information.

    Open Records

    COLORADO OPEN RECORDS ACT (CORA)

    Last Revised: January 2014 The Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), C.R.S. 24-72-201 et seq. guarantees that the public has access to the records of government bodies at all levels in Colorado. Most records are public and open for inspection. Douglas County’s elected officials and department heads are the official custodians of records maintained within their respective offices and departments. The following procedure ensures that any member of the public will be provided reasonable access to Douglas County’s public records covered under CORA. Reasonable access is defined as allowing a person requesting public information to use available county resources to review or obtain copies of public records. This document is subject to modifications to CORA, or other State Statutes, which shall supersede any conflicting provisions in this document. Record requests will be fulfilled within three working days or, when extenuating circumstances apply, within an additional seven working days as established by CORA. We will notify you when there are extenuating circumstances that do not allow us to respond to your request within three working days.

    Open Records Request Procedure and Fees

    Policies

    Douglas County Policies and Procedures

    To further its accountability to the citizens and taxpayers of Douglas County, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC, Board) adheres to the following principles of governance.

    Board of County Commissioners Policy Manual

    Administrative Policies and Procedures

    These documents represent the county’s operating policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are necessary for the efficient, effective operation of county government, and have been delegated from the County Commissioners to the County Manager.