CML Newsletter

  • A New Threat To Energy Impact Funds
    CML alerted the General Assembly in April about the need to protect severance tax from being pulled into the state’s general fund, as it was from 2008 through 2013, and again in 2015. Republicans were proposing a reduction in the state’s revenue cap dictated by the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) to match the amount of hospital provider fee revenue that would become TABOR exempt by creating an enterprise program.
  • Calendars on Their Way

    CML will be mailing all clerks in member municipalities a copy of the 2018  "Local Governments in Action" wall calendar. Through the Lessons on Local Government program (in cooperation with the Special District Association of Colorado), CML held a poster contest for first through fifth grade students in Colorado. Students were asked to submit a poster showing a program or service provided by the family of local government. Special thanks to COLOTRUST for sponsoring the contest, and the winning entries appear in the calendar.

    CEBT in Rifle
    COGCC Hearing on Flowline Rulemaking Delayed
    In response to the tragedy in Firestone this past April, Gov. John Hickenlooper outlined seven policy changes following the state’s comprehensive review of oil and gas operations throughout Colorado. Two of those changes – strengthening Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission's (COGCC's) flowline regulations and enhancing the 8-1-1 “one call” program – were supposed to be implemented through the COGCC’s rulemaking process at a commission hearing on Dec. 11. However, due to the large number of pre-hearing statements and proposed changes initiated by industry and local governments, consideration of the new regulations has been delayed. The hearing is now set to take place on Jan. 8 and 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the COGCC office on 1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 801, Denver. For more information regarding the hearing and the initial draft of proposed rules, visit the COGCC website. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the rulemaking process.
    Colorado Emergency Management Director Appointed
    Michael J. Willis began his tenure as the director of the Colorado Office of Emergency Management within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) on Nov. 15.
    Colorado First State to Complete New Election Audit
    Now it is in the history books: Colorado has become the first state to complete a "risk-limiting audit" designed to catch mistakes when ballots are tabulated.
    CU Students
    Energy Impact Funds Awarded
    The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) has announced the award of $18,963,600 to 47 local governments as part of the Tier I and II Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Funds (EIAF) program. The EIAF program assists political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing, or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state's share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally-owned land.
    EPA Provides Funding for Water Infrastructure
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded approximately $10.6 million in clean water infrastructure and $14.3 million in drinking water state revolving loan funding (SRF) to the state of Colorado to support key water infrastructure projects, including new and upgraded wastewater and drinking water plants to ensure clean drinking and surface water, better serve residents, increase efficiency and reduce pollution.
    Funding and Technical Assistance
    Business development to community facilities.
    Funds Available for Lawn and Garden Equipment
    The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) is requesting applications to fund the purchase of low emission, commercial-grade, lawn and garden equipment to improve air quality in the Denver Metro/North Front Range ozone nonattainment area.
    CML Executive Board Appointment
    Aurora Councilmember Robert Roth was appointed to the CML Executive Board to fill a vacancy in the largest municipality category.
    Colorado Cities & Towns Site
    DOLA Director Irv Halter
    DOLA Director Irv Halter at CML Executive Board meeting
    Kevin Bommer Leads Strategic Plan Discussion
    Law Clerk
    Main Street Advisory Board Feature
    CML Communication & Design Specialist Traci Stoffel was featured in the most recent Colorado Main Street Newsletter as a new member of the Colorado Main Street Advisory Board.
    Main Street Board
  • Wanted: Fire Equipment
    The Town of Montezuma is looking for fire hoses, fire hydrant keys, and work boxes to place next to each of its five hydrants. The Town is willing to purchase either new or used equipment, or accept a donation. Contact Mayor Lesley Davis at with any offers