CML Newsletter

  • CML Annual Conference Schedule at a Glance

    Registration is now open for the event of the year!  The 97th CML Annual Conference offers 40-plus educational sessions and brings together nearly 1,000 attendees, including mayors, trustees, councilmembers, managers, attorneys, clerks, finance directors, public works directors, and more. Be a part of the action in Breckenridge, June 18–21. We encourage you to register online for the easiest and quickest way to secure tickets to events that tend to sell out quickly. New this year! To provide members with an always up-to-date daily schedule of sessions, the preliminary program will be available online for viewing or download, and on our Attendify app for easy reference. Theses resources include details such as session times, titles, and descriptions. (Note: These online resources replace the print preliminary program that CML had mailed out in past years during the month of March.)      Tuesday, June 18 Exhibits and registration open at 1 p.m., providing a great opportunity to visit with our sponsors before the rush of attendees on Wednesday.  Two ticketed pre-conference sessions will be offered: Colorado Open Meetings Law for Elected Officials and Tackling Wicked Problems through Deliberative Engagement.  CIRSA will hold its membership lunch and annual business and safety meetings. For more information, visit CIRSA online.  Wednesday, June 19  Registration open 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.  Start the conference with Sunrise Wellness, arranged by the Colorado Women in Government, at 7 a.m.  Exhibits & Eats is 8–9:30 a.m. The Exhibit Center opens at 8 a.m., with a specific Exhibitor Showcase Hour from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.   From 9 to 9:45 a.m., participants can join Welcome to the CML Conference or What’s New at the Department of Local Affairs sessions.  The conference officially kicks off with the Opening Session, sponsored by CIRSA, featuring retired Navy Commander Mary Kelly, who will discuss the Seven Prescriptions for Leadership Success. The Meeting of the Minds Luncheon, a ticketed event, features an interview with retiring CML Executive Director Sam Mamet. You won’t want to miss this - seating is limited so secure your ticket now!  Concurrent session topics include Preparing for the Shifting Workforce; Building Capacity to Engage your Constituents; DOLA’s University Technical Assistance Program for Rural Communities; How Infrastructure for Healthy Living Drives Local Economies; Housing Development: Attracting Developers to your Community; Colorado’s Aging Population; Municipal Water; Affordable Housing; Rural Resources Roundtables; and Weather and Climate Information. The afternoon includes Meet the Candidates, your opportunity to get to know the candidates running for the CML Executive Board.  CLE-accredited advanced topics are the 2019 Legislative Update, Annexation, and Marijuana and Employment.  New this year! Wednesday afternoon, take a Deep Dive into the Fine Art of Enhancing Leadership Skills - a two-hour seminar into the art of communication for elected officials with professional speaker Debra Fine.  The Opening Reception: Meet and Greet, 5:30–7 p.m., is a great opportunity to visit and network with sponsors and colleagues.  Thursday, June 20  Registration is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.  Early risers can enjoy the 5K Fun Run/Walk, a ticketed event, which starts at 7 a.m.   Topics scheduled for Thursday include: Transportation Funding, Risk Management, Mental Health; Municipal Courts; How Municipal Clerks Power Municipal Government; The “Last Mile” – Transit Ridership; TIF; Trails and Open Space Development in Rural Municipalities; Public Works; Budgeting 101; Rural Colorado – Demystifying Entrepreneurship; Engaging Youth; Millennials in Public Service; Municipalities Protected by FPD; and Navigating Enterprise Application Projects.  CLE-accredited advanced topics include First Amendment and Land Use Regulation; Municipal Insurance; Social Media Policies; Homelessness Claims and Litigation.  Gov. Jared Polis has been invited to present his views on local and state government, and the winners of CML’s Municipal Hero Award contest will be recognized at the Thursday Luncheon, sponsored by Xcel Energy. (This is a ticketed event.)   The CML Annual Business Meeting begins at 1:45 p.m. and includes the election of CML Executive Board members, adoption of CML’s 2019-2020 Policy Statement, and consideration of other League business. Delegates must be present to vote; no proxy voting will be allowed.  The Town of Breckenridge is planning a free ticketed tour of historic places including the Sawmill Museum, French Gulch’s ghost Town, and Lincoln City from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  The Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) meets 4:30–6 p.m. for its membership meeting, followed by a reception.   Also, CML will be hosting an informal reception for attendees to visit with Sam Mamet, who will be retiring March 29. Details to follow in upcoming newsletters.  Friday, June 22  Registration is open 8–10:30 a.m.  The Colorado Women in Government Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. This ticketed meal is not just for women! Stay tuned for details.  Concurrent sessions include Effective Municipal Leadership; Case Studies of the Appointee Evaluation Processes; Organizing Municipal Festivals; Crisis Response; The Benefits of Parks and Rec; Preparing for the 2020 Census; Libraries as Hubs for Community Engagement; Opportunity Zones and Emerging Issues.  CLE-accredited advanced sessions are Metro Districts; Indemnification of Public Employees; and Ethics. Session topic for the Attorneys Luncheon (ticketed event) is pending.  What do you get when you combine a specialist in human behavior, a former corporate professional with a background in organizational psychology, and a guy who has trained with Secret Service agents and officers from the CIA? You get O’Shea ... The Agent of Change. Tim O'Shea will wrap up the conference as this year’s Closing Session speaker, and you won’t want to miss what he has to say about Overcoming Resistance to Change More Effectively During Times of Transition. Session sponsored by Swire Coca-Cola, USA.  Do not go home hungry! Finish your conference experience on a high note, networking with your colleagues and sharing your best takeaways from your week of learning. Choose from the three ticketed luncheons available: Elected Officials, Managers, or Attorneys.

    Colorado Municipal Revenue Comparisons, 2008–2018
    Economic Development and Infrastructure Projects
    Has It Really Been that Long?
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    Mary Kelly
    Tim O'Shea
  • 2019 DC
    Another Town Adopts Standardized Sales Tax Definitions
    Vail joins the 46 self-collecting sales tax municipalities having adopted the standardized sales tax definitions in their local tax code. This continues the work undertaken by the municipal tax and finance administration community, originating with a request by the legislature (SJR 14-038) to work on a uniform set of sales tax definitions that could be adopted in the self-collecting jurisdictions for tax simplification.
    CEBT in Rifle
    CML Accepting Applications for League Executive Board

    Letters of application are being accepted to fill 10 positions on the CML Executive Board. Municipal officials wishing to be considered for one of these positions should follow the instructions below. Members whose names are placed on the ballot by the CML Nominating Committee will be voted on by the membership at the CML Annual Business Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 20, beginning at 1:45 p.m., during the 97th CML Annual Conference in Breckenridge.   The vacancies to be filled at the election are:  one position from municipalities with a population of 250,000 or more for a two-year term;  three positions from municipalities with a population of at least 60,000 but less than 250,000 for two-year terms;  three positions from municipalities with a population of at least 8,000 but less than 60,000 for two-year terms; and  three positions from cities and towns with a population of less than 8,000 for two-year terms.  Each CML participating member municipality is entitled to vote to fill all vacancies on the board regardless of the population categories.  Nomination Procedures Under CML bylaws, CML Executive Board members must be elected or appointed officials of member cities and towns. Any official who desires to be nominated for a position on the CML Executive Board can ensure nomination by:   filing an application for nomination, in letter or other written form, with the CML Nominating Committee (the application must be received in writing by the CML office at least 15 days prior to the annual business meeting, that is by 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 5; and including with the application an endorsement in writing from the applicant's city council or board of trustees, which also must be received by the CML office by Wednesday, June 5 (a city council or board of trustees may endorse the nomination of only one official from the city or town for election).  Municipal officials who meet the above qualifications will be placed on the nominating committee¹s slate for consideration at the election during the annual business meeting. If there are not enough qualified candidates to satisfy the minimum slate requirement, the committee may request that one or more additional officials become nominees to satisfy the minimum slate requirement. The minimum requirement under the bylaws is equal to the number of vacancies to be filled in each population category. Any officials added by the committee to meet the minimum number of candidates do not need the endorsement from the official¹s city council or board of trustees, nor do they need to have filed an application with the committee.  Finally, no later than five hours before the annual business meeting, other nominations for CML Executive Board members may be made by petition to the committee. The petition must be signed by at least 10 municipal officials representing at least 10 municipalities in attendance at the conference. Officials who are placed on the ballot by petition do not need the endorsement of their city council or board of trustees.  File Applications by Wednesday, June 5 Municipal officials who wish to pursue nomination and election to the CML Executive Board are encouraged to file a written application with the CML Nominating Committee. The application must be received by the League by Wednesday, June 5, and must be accompanied by the required written endorsement from the official¹s city council or town board of trustees.  These materials should be mailed or delivered to the CML office at 1144 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203, or faxed to 303-860-8175. Sample application and endorsement letters are available by visiting the CML website,, under About > CML Executive Board.   Under League bylaws, population figures for the June 2019 election will be based upon population estimates from the Department of Local Affairs. These are the same figures that were used in computing 2019 municipal dues for member municipalities. Questions may be directed to Kevin Bommer at, 303-831-6411, or 866-578-0936.

    CML Award
    CML Open House for Sam Mamet

    The Colorado Municipal League cordially invites you to attend an open house honoring Sam Mamet, retiring CML executive director.  Thursday, March 21, 4–7 p.m.  Colorado Municipal League  1144 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203  RSVP by Friday, March 15  to  

    CML Open House Invite
    Colorado Leaders Meet in Washington
    Nearly 90 Colorado municipal leaders representing 24 cities and towns recently visited Washington, D.C., as part of the annual National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference. Youth commissioners from Boulder, Brighton, Denver, and Loveland also joined the group, helping Colorado to have one of the largest state delegations. The purpose of this annual meeting is to connect local leaders with key decision makers in the federal government, as well as develop policy proposals affecting cities and towns and attend leadership training.
    Colorado Oil Production and Oil and Gas Industry Employment
    Colorado Score Card for Business Competitiveness
  • Classified 1
    Wanted: Water Truck
    The Town of De Beque is looking to purchase a used water truck in reasonably decent condition. Please send details and price to Town Administrator Lance Stewart at