The Tri-Lakes area is composed of many interleaved layers of jurisdiction and taxation. The well-informed resident should be able to identify which (if any) municipality, metropolitan district, water and sanitation district, fire protection district, school district, and homeowners association collects taxes and fees and provides services to their home. Hint to property owners, you can also learn a lot by looking at your property tax bill.
For background on special districts, see www.ocn.me/v1n7.htm#taxes and www.ocn.me/v1n8.htm#beggs, www.ocn.me/v15n7%201.pdf and www.ocn.me/v15n7%205.pdf, and read every issue of OCN to find out more about the government entities were you live.
Map of El Paso County, Colorado - http://adm2.elpasoco.com/Maps/default.asp
INCORPORATED AREAS - Any property outside Monument, Palmer Lake, and Colorado Springs is in unincorporated El Paso County and governed by the Board of County Commissioners.
El Paso County Board of County Commissioners - https://bocc.elpasoco.com/
Town of Monument town boundary - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/Incorp/MONUMENT-Tax-Map.pdf
City of Colorado Springs - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/Incorp/COLORADOSPRINGS-Tax-Map.pdf
Town of Monument Comprehensive Plan 2017 - http://www.townofmonument.org/DocumentCenter/View/681/CompPlan_2017?bidId=
FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS—This map shows fire protection districts in the Tri-Lakes area.
Donald Wescott FPD Northern Subdistrict – https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/FPD/DONALDWESCOTTFPDNORTHERNSUBDISTRICT-Tax-Map.pdf
Note: Palmer Lake Fire Department is not a Title 32 Special District but instead falls under the jurisdiction of the Town of Palmer Lake. www.townofpalmerlake.com/fire
METROPOLITAN DISTRICTS—Special districts that provide more than two services. (e.g. residents of the Jackson Creek area receive most of their services not from the Town of Monument but from the Triview Metropolitan District: water; sewer; drainage; parks, recreation, and open space; mosquito abatement; and street maintenance.) For a complete list, see https://assessor.elpasoco.com/tax-entity-maps/metropolitan-districts/. Selected ones for Tri-Lakes area include:
Pinon Pines MD #1 (related to Forest Lakes MD) - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/MD/PINONPINESMD-1-Tax-Map.pdf
Pinon Pines MD #3 (related to Forest Lakes MD and Town of Monument) - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/MD/PINONPINESMD-3-Tax-Map.pdf
SANITATION/WATER DISTRICTS—Some water and sanitation districts in the Tri-Lakes area are Title 32 Special Districts, while others have these services combined into Metropolitan Districts or are included in town public works departments.
Academy Water & Sanitation District - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/SWD/ACADEMYSWD-Tax-Map.pdf
Donala Water & Sanitation District Area A - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/SWD/DONALASWDAREAA-Tax-Map.pdf
Donala Water & Sanitation District Area B - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/SWD/DONALASWDAREAB-Tax-Map.pdf
Forest View Acres Water District - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/WD/FORESTVIEWACRESWD-Tax-Map.pdf
Monument Sanitation District - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/San/MONUMENTSD-Tax-Map.pdf
Palmer Lake Sanitation District - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/San/PALMERLAKESD-Tax-Map.pdf
Pioneer Lookout Water District - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/WD/PIONEERLOOKOUTWD-Tax-Map.pdf
Town of Monument Water (west of I-25) - http://www.townofmonument.org/149/Water
Monument Water, Sewer, Roads (east of I-25) – see Triview Metropolitan District (above)
Town of Palmer Lake Water - www.townofpalmerlake.com/water
Woodmoor Water & Sanitation District - https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/SWD/WOODMOORSWD-Tax-Map.pdf
Lewis-Palmer D-38 school district boundary. https://assets-assessor.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/Tax-Maps/SCHOOL/LEWIS-PALMERSCHOOLDISTRICT38-Tax-Map.pdf
Areas north of County Line Road are served by Douglas County schools.
For information on local homeowners associations (HOAs), contact the Northern El Paso County Coalition of Community Associations (NEPCO): www.nepco.org.
Contact us at (719) 488-3455, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or P.O. Box 1742, Monument, Colorado 80132-1742.
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