C.R.S. Section 30-11-107
Powers of the board


The board of county commissioners of each county has power at any meeting:


To make such orders concerning the property belonging to the county as it deems expedient;


To examine and settle all accounts of the receipts and expenses of the county, to examine and settle and allow all accounts chargeable against the county, and, when so settled, to issue county orders therefor as provided by law;


To build and keep in repair county buildings and cause the same to be insured in the name of the county treasurer for the benefit of the county and, in case there are no county buildings, to provide suitable rooms for county purposes;


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To apportion and order the levying of taxes as provided by law; except that, for purposes of the application of any occupational privilege tax, oil and gas wells and their associated production facilities shall not be considered a business or occupation subject to such tax; and


To contract loans in the name and for the benefit of the county for the purpose of erecting necessary public buildings and making or repairing public roads or bridges, when such loans have been authorized by a vote of the legal voters of the county;


To represent the county and have the care of the county property and the management of the business and concerns of the county in all cases where no other provisions are made by law;


To set off, organize, and change the boundaries of precincts in their respective counties and to designate and number such precincts in accordance with sections 1-5-101 and 1-5-101.5, C.R.S.;


To establish one or more voting places in each election precinct, as the convenience of the inhabitants may require;


To lay out, alter, or discontinue any road running into or through such county and also to perform such other duties respecting roads as may be required by law;


To grant such licenses and perform such other duties as are or may be prescribed by law;


To acquire land for, lay out, construct, maintain, and repair airports and landing strips for aircraft, to enter into leases, and to fix and collect charges or fees for the use of such airports and landing strips;


To provide in the county budget for dumping grounds within the county to be used for such purposes as may be prescribed by the board;


To enter into agreements with any municipality for the joint use and occupation of public buildings. The consideration to be paid for such use and occupation shall be paid each year out of current revenues which shall be appropriated annually, and any agreement to make such annual payment shall not be considered or held to be creation of an indebtedness of the county within any constitutional or statutory limitation.


To negotiate with the board or boards of county commissioners of another county or counties, and with the board of governors of the Colorado state university system of Colorado state university, for agricultural extension service to be furnished such counties, and to be financed on a pro rata share by the counties receiving such service;


To create, by resolution duly adopted, the office of county manager, or administrative assistant to the board of county commissioners, or county budget officer, or any other such office as may, in its judgment, be required for the efficient management of the business and concerns of the county. When so created, the board has power to make appointments to such offices, to prescribe the duties to be performed by such appointees, to fix the compensation to be paid to such appointees, and to pay the same from the county general fund. Any persons appointed to such offices shall serve at the pleasure of the board of county commissioners.


To cooperate with other counties and with the state forester in the organization and training of rural fire fighting groups, payment for the operation and maintenance of fire fighting equipment and in sharing the cost of suppressing fires;




To purchase all necessary uniforms of the county sheriff, undersheriff, and deputies of the county; but no such uniforms shall be supplied to those persons deputized to perform particular acts, and all such uniforms shall be and remain the property of the county;


To organize, own, operate, control, direct, manage, contract for, or furnish ambulance service;


To provide in the county budget for services for the aged, including but not limited to social and recreational services, medical services, transportation, and homemaker services;


To appropriate moneys from sources other than ad valorem taxes to multijurisdictional housing authorities or housing authorities established under part 5 of article 4 of title 29, C.R.S., from the county general fund;


To set, by resolution duly adopted or by the method provided in the charter of a home rule county, mileage for all county officers, employees, and agents in an amount not less than twenty cents per mile nor more than a rate per mile equal to the standard mileage rate allowed pursuant to 26 U.S.C. sec. 162, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder, for each mile actually and necessarily traveled while on official county business;


To expend moneys or make assessments pursuant to paragraph (z) of this subsection (1) for the maintenance of drainage structures and facilities and to accept dedicated or deeded drainage easements or drainageway tracts as county property once drainage structures and facilities on such easements or tracts have been completed and found to meet county specifications and standards;
To provide a job diversion program directing persons making application for or receiving assistance under the Colorado works program, as described in part 7 of article 2 of title 26, C.R.S., into bona fide public or private sector employment;


To expend moneys or make assessments pursuant to paragraph (z) of this subsection (1) for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, or extension of drainage facilities within the unincorporated or incorporated areas of the county and to acquire, by gift, purchase, lease, or the exercise of the right of eminent domain, all lands, easements, or rights in land which are necessary in connection with such construction, reconstruction, improvement, or extension. Drainage facilities shall not be provided in any area which is within an existing drainage district organized or created pursuant to law without the approval of such district.


To expend moneys or make assessments pursuant to paragraph (z) of this subsection (1) for the construction, maintenance, repair, or installation of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and related structures along residential and commercial streets or alleys and in residential or commercial subdivisions within the unincorporated areas of the county; except that, prior to making an assessment for any purpose authorized by this paragraph (y), the county shall consider cost-sharing alternatives so that a portion of the cost of any project authorized in this paragraph (y) is incurred and paid by the county;


To prescribe, by ordinance adopted, administered, and enforced in accordance with part 4 of article 15 of this title, the mode in which the charges on the respective owners of lots or lands, and on the lots or lands, shall be assessed and determined for the purposes authorized in paragraphs (u), (w), and (y) of this subsection (1);


To establish policies and procedures regarding entering into contracts binding on the county, and to delegate its power to enter into such contracts pursuant to such policies and procedures, where amounts specified in such policies and procedures and where such contracts otherwise comply with limits and requirements set forth in such policies and procedures;


To provide for the preservation of the cultural, historic, and architectural history within the county by ordinance or resolution; to delegate the power to designate historic landmarks and historic districts to an historic preservation advisory board; to accept dedicated or deeded easements or other historic property and to expend moneys for the maintenance of such deeded historic land, facilities, and structures; and to receive contributions, gifts, or other support from public and private entities to defray the maintenance costs of such historic land, facilities, and structures;


By resolution, memorial, plaque, or limited gift, to honor, commemorate, memorialize, or acknowledge outstanding service or other events, including death or retirement of individuals, or actions, accomplishments, or achievements deserving of recognition;


To enter into installment purchase contracts or shared-savings contracts or otherwise incur indebtedness under section 29-12.5-103, C.R.S., to finance energy conservation and energy saving measures and enter into contracts for an analysis and recommendations pertaining to such measures under section 29-12.5-102, C.R.S.;




To set, by written resolution duly adopted by a majority vote of the board and entered in its minutes prior to the county treasurer being sworn into office, the amount of a surety bond to be executed by the treasurer and to authorize the purchase of such a bond by the board;


To authorize the use of electronic records or signatures and adopt rules, standards, policies, and procedures for use of electronic records or signatures pursuant to article 71.3 of title 24, C.R.S.;


To establish an affordable housing dwelling unit advisory board for the county in accordance with the requirements of article 26 of title 29, C.R.S.;
To provide in the county budget for programs that support education and outreach on environmental sustainability and for financing capital improvements for energy efficiency retrofits and the installation of renewable energy fixtures, as defined in section 30-11-107.3, for private residences and commercial property within the county but that do not exempt the county from the requirements of any other statute;


To encourage homeowners to participate in utility demand-side management programs where applicable;


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To adopt a resolution to authorize, in consultation with the local board of health, local public health agencies, and any water and wastewater service providers serving the county, the use of graywater, as defined in section 25-8-103 (8.3), C.R.S., in compliance with any regulation adopted pursuant to section 25-8-205 (1)(g), C.R.S., and to enforce compliance with the board’s resolution.


Before adopting a resolution to authorize the use of graywater pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (kk), a board of county commissioners is encouraged to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the local board of health, local public health agencies, and any water and wastewater service providers serving the county concerning graywater usage and the proper installation and operation of graywater treatment works, as defined in section 25-8-103 (8.4), C.R.S.


To enter into loan agreements with any governmental entity that is created by or located within the county in accordance with section 30-25-106.5.


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Subject to the provisions of part 1 of article 1 of title 29, C.R.S., the board of county commissioners of each county has exclusive power to adopt the annual budget for the operation of the county government, including all offices, departments, boards, commissions, other spending agencies of the county government, and other agencies which are funded in whole or in part by county appropriations. All such entities shall make appropriate budget recommendations each year to the board of county commissioners for the operation of their respective offices; but the final budget determination of each board of county commissioners shall be binding upon each of the respective offices, departments, boards, commissions, other spending agencies of the county government, and other agencies which are funded in whole or in part by county appropriations.


Every decision made by the board of county commissioners in exercising its budget-making power shall be presumed to be a valid exercise of the power granted by paragraph (a) of this subsection (2).


The board of county commissioners of any county eligible to receive impact assistance grants pursuant to part 3 of article 25 of this title may certify a dollar amount to the parks and wildlife commission pursuant to part 3 of article 25 of this title.

Source: Section 30-11-107 — Powers of the board, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-30.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

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Property of county
Commissioners to exercise powers of county
County petitions and referred measures
County buildings - acquisition of land or buildings by eminent domain authorized
Financed purchase of an asset or certificate of participation agreements
Tax exemption
Title of suits by or against county
Standing - contesting constitutionality of a statute
Process served on clerk - clerk to notify board
Powers of the board
Incentives for installation of renewable energy fixtures - definitions
Lodging tax
County rental tax on the rental of personal property - procedures - apportionment
County tax for public safety improvements - definitions
Assent of electors required - when
Purchases of recycled paper and recycled products
State suppliers preferred
Commissioners to furnish blank assessment rolls
New precincts - change boundaries - reduce number
Board may appropriate for expositions
Appropriations for advertising or marketing
Commissioners to fill vacancies in county offices
County attorney - county collector
New bond for officers, when
Failure to file bond - office vacant
General accounting records
Conservation trust fund authorized
New business facilities - expansion of existing business facilities - incentives - limitations - authority to exceed revenue-raising limitations - legislative declaration - definitions
Fire planning authority
Licensing program for building contractors - contents of program - requirements - exceptions - definitions
Workforce development - incentives - limitations - authority to exceed revenue-raising limitations - legislative declaration - definitions
Pioneer trail - designation - signs
Mobile home parks - definition
Third-party food delivery service fee restrictions - definitions
Equipping wind-powered energy generation facilities with light mitigating technology - enforcement - definitions
Regulation of pesticide use - definitions
Merger not to affect pending actions
Records concerning charter amendment
Channel of Platte river - improvement
City to control channel
Improvement of channel beyond city limits
Obstructions or pollutions
Oil, gas, and mineral rights - reservation of - sale
Oil and gas rights - leases - royalties
Agreements to pool lands for production purposes
Prior agreements validated
Legislative declaration concerning landfill gas
County authority relating to landfill gas
Short title
Legislative declaration
Organization of authority
Powers of law enforcement authority
Procedure for levying property tax - public disclosure - county assessor’s duties
Short-term loans for new authorities
Detachment - dissolution
Payments to sheriff
Power to contract for provision of law enforcement services
Inclusion of land
County home rule charters
Charter commission
Election on formation of charter convention and designation of members
Development of proposed charter
Referendum election on charter - adoption or rejection
Procedure to amend or repeal charter
Filings - effect of
Initiative, referendum, and recall
Time limit on submission of similar proposals
Publication requirements
Board of county commissioners - home rule counties
Short title
Legislative declaration
Scope of part 6
Powers and duties of governing bodies, planning commissions, and boards of adjustment
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Current through Fall 2024

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