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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most commercial signs and some signs in residential areas require a permit. Some signs are exempt from permits but these signs must still conform to the regulations. Chapter 18.06.- SIGNS in the Town Municipal code sign regulations.
If you need a permit, you would utilize the Cascade Permitting Software.
Yes. You will need have a drawing on your plot plan showing where the fence will be located on your property with red Xs. The fence must not obstruct vision at intersections, and must be in conformance with the fence regulations-Municipal Code 18.05.185. Electric fences are not allowed. Note that you may need to confirm fence height limits from your HOA and Covenants prior to submitting a fence permit.
A demolition permit is required by the Town to demolish any building larger than 120 square feet. PPRBD also requires a permit for this activity as well.
For a current residential home, a tree removal permit is not needed. Note that you may need to confirm more with your HOA and Covenants. Tree removal permits are still needed for Residential new builds.
A landscaping permit is only required for new front yards. Please see Article 4. Landscape Standards of the Town of Monument municiple code. If you need a permit for a front yard, you would utilize the Cascade Permitting Software.
Keep in mind that even though a property has a Monument mailing address it does not necessarily mean that it is within Town limits. The El Paso County Assessor can help you determine if you are in Monument by following these steps: - Either enter in the address or property owner's first and last name - Click on the schedule number - Scroll to 'Tax Entity and Levy Information'. If the Town of Monument is not listed as a taxing entity, the property is not in the Town boundaries. For questions, contact El Paso County at 719-520-6300.
Additionally, you can go to the Town of Monument Interactive Zoning map. If it is not listed here, you are not in the Town of monument.
The Town of Monument's Code of Ordinances can be found on Municode.
Additionally, you can view Monument properties on our Interactive Map.
You can view the Town of Monument Interactive zoning map on the Maps page or you may call 719-481-2954 and ask the Planning Department for assistance. You will need the address of the property or the El Paso County Assessor’s Office schedule number.
Properties that are not in the Town of Monument will not be zoned in a Town zoning district. Please contact El Paso County for zoning information at 719-520-6300.
Construction Permits are required from the Town for buildings over 120 square feet, basement finishes, kiosks, decks, and additions for example.
A Construction Permit must be obtained for most improvements prior to your obtaining a Building Permit from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD).
Minor Permits for re-roofing, replacement of water heaters, furnaces, or other plumbing and mechanical permits can be obtained online at the PPRBD website.
You may also research information in our Town of Monument Muncipal Code
Note that the Monument Use Tax is different from Sales Tax. Use Tax is the 2% fee on your Monument permit application “materials estimate” only and is on all monument permits for pre-payment. Note that Sales Tax is different than our Town of monument Use Tax. Sales tax is from items purchased directly from a retail establishment. The “use or consumption of tangible personal property brought into the Town by a nonresident to be used in the conduct of business in the town” is considered non-exempt.
3.12.020 - Collection, administration and enforcement of use tax.
If you have purchased all your building materials for your project within the Town of Monument and have paid a retail sales tax for Monument, you may be eligible for a refund of what is paid on the permit. You would need to supply the Town with copies of receipts or invoices containing proof of Town of Monument sales tax paid, along with the attached form. Please ensure all local retail receipts are organized to clearly show which permit they were for, the amounts paid for Monument sales tax and the date. Note that for anything 1 year or older, we are unable to process for a refund.
Attached is the form we will need returned to us, along with your receipts and the original permit with the use tax included, for review and approval. If your request is approved, we will mail your refund check to you or a letter stating the reasons why you have been denied the Use Tax refund. Please note that the receipts must be readable, be from a business located within the Town of Monument border and must include the date of purchase in relation to the Permit you paid Use Tax on. No labor, only materials can be considered for the Use Tax refund.
Please see the Town of Monument municipal code for the Use Tax code or for further questions you may contact our Planning Department at 719-884-8015.
For information regarding Triview Metro's water and sewer tap fees, please visit their website at: Triview Metro Water & Sewer Tap Fees
All property information can be found on the Pikes Peak Regional Building office website or the El Paso County Assessor Website. You may need to set up an account with each but they will have all final permitting information on your property, including plot plans, easements and boundaries.
Additionally, you can utilize the Town of Monument Interactive Zoning map.
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.