County Budget

Boulder County Annual Budget

Boulder County government assumes a variety of roles and carries out core responsibilities in order to help foster a vibrant, healthy and active community. Our annual budget process allows for the careful allocation of tax dollars to help with important county functions such as maintaining our well-traveled roads, conducting law and public safety services, providing housing counseling and nutrition assistance, and working together to create visionary open space and land use policies.

2015 Budget Hearings

The County Commissioners will hear 2015 Budget Requests from county department heads and elected officials during the months of October and November in 2014. View the 2015 Budget Hearing schedule.

2014 Budget

Official Budget Resolutions

Revenue Sources

2014 Percentages of Total Budget

  • Property Taxes (39%) - The annual tax levy is set by the Board of County Commissioners, however, the mill levy limit cannot be increased without approval of the electorate.
  • Intergovernmental (14%) - These revenues are primarily Federal and State pass through monies for social services programs, state shared monies for roads, state lottery proceeds, other various government programs, and grant programs.
  • Sales & Use Taxes (9%) – restricted to voter approved initiatives and designated to Open Space, Offender Management, Worthy Cause, specific Transportation projects including trails and bikeway shoulders.
  • Other Revenues (21%) - Major "other revenues" include specific ownership taxes, motor vehicle fees, recording and filing fees, Treasurer's fees, building permits, various other fees, rents, and charges for services.
  • Flood Recovery Reimbursements (6%)* – Qualified reimbursements from Federal and State resources for September 2013 flooding costs.
  • Use of Fund Balance (11%) - Held for a specific use or purpose. The most significant use of fund balance is from the Open Space Fund I and the Capital Expenditure Fund.
*Unique to 2014 budget.

Property Tax Revenue (by taxing districts)

Boulder County collects taxes for all taxing districts in the County, including school districts, cities, fire districts, water and sanitation districts, and other special districts, and distributes the monies to those districts.

Boulder County retains a little more than one-quarter (28%) of total property taxes collected.

The remainder goes to:

  • School Districts (54%)
  • Cities & Towns (11%) 
  • Special Districts (7%) such as water, fire protection & sanitation

Mill Levy (applies to property taxes only)

The total county mill levy for taxes collected in 2014 is 25.120, including a levy of 0.475 mills yielding $2.7 million to recover property taxes refunded and abated in 2013.

Public hearings for budget requests by office or department are held each fall from September to November. For a list of hearing times and dates, contact the Budget Office.

By state statute, the Board of County Commissioners must approve an annual budget by Dec. 15 for the next calendar year.

Past Year's Budget Briefs:


Budget Office
303-441-4506 (main)
303-441-4525 (fax)
Boulder County Courthouse
West Wing
2020 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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