CML Newsletter

  • Ballot Initiatives of General Interest
    The following are measures the November ballot on which CML has not taken a position:
    CML Executive Board Weighs-In On Important Transportation Initiatives
    This past week, the CML Executive Board voted unanimously to weigh-in on an issue that has been dogging Colorado’s cities and towns for more than two decades – transportation funding.
  • Access to Municipal Use of Data and Evidence
    The National League of Cities (NLC), the nation's largest and most representative organization for municipalities and their elected leaders, announced that its members will have access to a first-of-its-kind workshop series through NLC University on foundational data practices that build effective local governments. The workshops will be offered through a new partnership with Results for America (RFA), a lead partner of What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies-launched initiative that helps cities and towns use data and facts to tackle their most pressing challenges and improve residents' lives.
    ACLU Questions Municipal Panhandling Ordinances
    Recently, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent letters to 31 municipalities across the state of Colorado asking that they cease enforcement of certain municipal code violations involving loitering or panhandling. The letters also asked that each municipality repeal certain sections of those codes. The ACLU cited the decisions in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 135 S.Ct. 2218 (2015), and Browne v. City of Grand Junction, 27 F.Supp.3d 1194 (D. Colorado 2014), among others, as reasons why these ordinances hinder an individual’s free speech.
    Another Municipality Adopts Standardized Sales Tax Definitions
    Glenwood Springs join the 41 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.
    Apply to Join the CML Research Committee
    CML is seeking members for our Research Committee. Interested elected officials and staff may submit their names to Municipal Research Analyst Melissa Mata at by Oct. 5 for consideration. Committee members will be selected from the pool of those interested, with a focus on broad representation of jurisdiction size and geography. The Research Committee will meet in late fall to provide CML staff with topic ideas to include in the 2019 research agenda.
    Attention, Clerks Holding Fall Elections
    If your municipality is conducting a fall election, please complete CML’s election survey. Clerks are asked to submit both the survey and a copy of your ballot to CML. Also, please make a note to send the unofficial results to as soon as they are available on election night.
    Call for Tourist Itineraries
    With the change of seasons upon us, the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) invites partners from all over to state to provide fall-focused itineraries for the Colorado Field Guide, which is seeing phenomenal traffic on These seasonal itineraries are a great way to get travelers — especially our own residents — to explore lesser-traveled destinations or explore a destination during an off-peak time of year.
    CEBT in Rifle
    Colorado Oil Production and Oil and Gas Industry Employment
    Colorado Score Card for Business Competitiveness
    Course Notebook(1)

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