Saving Taxpayer Dollars, One Antiquated Rule at a Time

DENVER – A little-known law requires counties to publish a report detailing its expenses, contracts, salaries, and financial statements in a local newspaper, resulting in advertising costs upwards of $84,000 per year (Jefferson County), taking money away from other important county services.

Sponsored by Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley), Senate Bill-156 allows counties to publish these reports online, still accessible to the vast majority of people, and only requires the link to these reports to be published in the newspaper.

“It really bothers me when people minimize the impact of taxpayer dollars,” said Senator Cooke. “$84,000 - in the case of Jefferson County – is not a drop in the bucket. That’s another sheriff’s deputy, or firefighter, or road worker who could be contributing much more to our quality of life. It’s 2018, and it’s time our rules and regulations reflected that.”

The bill was met with little opposition in the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee, with a 5-0, unanimous vote moving the bill forward to the Senate floor for approval.

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