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• Changing to Home Rule won’t impact your daily life, but does impact citizen control, interest, involvement and pride in municipal government.
• Making the change would assist the Town with long-term planning and allow for greater flexibility in funding sources.
Home Rule creates a government framework that will ensure the Town grows strategically and to the standards of the community. Home Rule helps set the foundation for more government efficiency, more revenue generating options and more control over land use, which provide long-term benefits to the community.
• Total cost for the entire Home Rule process is less than $50,000 over a three-year period. The bulk of the expense is for managing and administering up to two special elections.
• The cost of the Charter Commission is minimal and only includes staff time to attend extra meetings and any materials the Commission may need.
As a Statutory municipality, state regulations limit the Town’s ability to regulate the use of public streets and highways. Under Home Rule, the Town would have greater flexibility, clarity and effectiveness in adopting regulations, related to:
• Speed limits and traffic regulations
• Road closures
• Oversized weight and size of vehicles
• Parking regulations and signs
• Code enforcement for parking violations
As a home rule municipality, the Town would have greater ability and autonomy to adopt regulations, in the following areas:
• Public notice requirements for land use and development applications
• Utilities management in public rights-of-way and on private property
• Drafting legislation to address local issues
• Sex offender registration and spacing requirements
• Zoning regulations and development approval procedures
• Downtown revitalization and economic development
No. Any increase in taxes will still require voter approval (in accordance with TABOR laws).
By changing to Home Rule, the Town has the option to adopt different types of taxes that are not available to Statutory municipalities, such as lodging, admissions and excise taxes. However, even those tax changes would need to be approved by voters.
Although going to Home Rule gives local municipalities more freedom, some laws and constitutions must still be followed:
• Federal and state constitutions still apply as they provide provisions and protections to residents
• Federal and state laws that address matters that are more of statewide or national concern still apply
• Other national and state tax-related laws such as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) and the Gallagher Amendment still apply
The only potential disadvantage to becoming Home Rule is if the Charter is not written well. Residents can ensure the Charter is written well by encouraging leaders in their community to serve on the Charter Commission.
Yes – More than 93% of Colorado municipal residents live in a Home Rule community.
As holidays may occur on the weekend, generally the Town of Monument will observe the holiday on the following Monday.
Please visit the Employment page to view all open positions. Within each job posting, there is link to BambooHR, where you will submit your application, resume and cover letter.
You can enroll in job notifications from the Notify Me page of the website, so you will be notified via text or email when a new job is posted.
We are in the process of updating the website with our 2020 benefit guide. In the meantime, you can reach out directly to Robert Bishop or Shannon Walker in Human Resources to find out about our rich benefit package.
The level of Monument Lake is checked daily by the Town's Water Department, the changes in depth are hardly noticeable and monitored very closely. On an average day, the depth of Monument lake fluctuates by a 100th-200th of a foot, the change is not fast or noticeable.
On the extreme side, such as a very dry year, Monument Lake might fluctuate by a foot to a foot and a half over the summer.
There is a water spigot at Dirty Woman Creek Park on the side of the permanent restroom on the North side of the Park by the Pavilion.
There are electric outlets at both Limbach Park and Dirty Woman Creek Park.
Yes, bounce houses are allowed, however the Town does not allow the use of stakes to secure them to the ground due to the damage these inflict on the irrigation system.
All building permits need to also go through Pikes Peak Regional Building. You may contact them at 719-327-2880
Email planning questions to: Planning@tomgov.org
Email permit questions to: email@example.com
Yes. You will need to bring in a drawing showing that the fence will be located on your property, that the fence will not obstruct vision at intersections, and that it is in conformance with the fence regulations. Electric fences are not allowed.
Town Code Section 17.48.120 contains other provision information.
A landscaping permit is required for new landscaping. Please see Section 17.52.040 of the Zoning Code for water conservation provisions for lawns.
Additional information can be found on the Permits page.
For information regarding Triview Metro's water and sewer tap fees, please visit their website at: Triview Metro Water & Sewer Tap Fees
Please contact our Public Works Superintendent at 719-481-2436, make sure to leave a voicemail with your contact information and the date and time you would like to drop your things off. The Town does not accept hazardous waste, please contact El Paso County for this type of disposal.You will need to provide your Town of Monument or Triview water bill.
To see a map of the streets the Public Works Department plows, click here.
The Town of Monument water district receives its water supply from 9 water wells that are tapped into groundwater aquifers located within the Denver Basin. The Denver Basin is an aquifer system that provides potable water to many urban and rural customers on the eastern plains and Front Range area of the Rocky Mountains in northeaster Colorado.
Most residential water meters will be located near the hot water heater in a utility closet or room. Some older Monument homes can have a water meter located in a buried pit outside in a yard. These pits can only be accessed by Water Department personnel with the appropriate tools.
The easiest and most likely indication of a water leak can be determined by observing your water meter activity. Ensure everything that uses water is shut off or not running (i.e.- faucets, dishwasher, washing machine, sprinklers, etc.) and locate your water meter. Look at the face of the register on top of the meter that shows water flow. Either a dial indicator (older analog) register or a digital reading (newer) register will show any water flow. With the older analog register, a small snowflake or gear shaped wheel will be turning along with a larger dial indicating water flow. If any movement, slow or fast is apparent, water is flowing. With the newer digital reading meter register, the numbers will continue to increase. If any continued dial (older meter) rotation or number increases (newer meter) are observed without water being used, there is a high likelihood of a leak. Leaks can originate from leaking toilets, faucets, and irrigation to just name a few.