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Ethics complaints from mountain counties spur probe of state Division of Property Taxation

The Department of Local Affairs will hire a law firm to investigate the Colorado Division of Property Taxation after Eagle, La Plata and San Miguel counties made ethics complaints against the state agency’s top two directors.  The move averted a call for state auditors to probe the claim that a too-cozy relationship between the state […]

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8-hour, Republican-led hearing on Colorado’s election integrity ends without evidence of widespread fraud

There was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Colorado presented during a day-long, legislative hearing held by Republicans Tuesday on the state’s election integrity. But there was plenty of bipartisan praise for Colorado’s voting systems and processes.  “We are the gold standard for voting in our country,” said El Paso County Clerk and Recorder […]

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Colorado’s State Court Administrator’s Office lacks “culture of accountability,” audit finds

The administrative arm of Colorado’s judicial branch spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on employee buyouts and paid administrative leave over a four year period, and millions more on no-bid contracts, many without sufficient records or required administrative approvals, a state audit has found. The audit of the State Court Administrator’s Office released Monday examined […]

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Millions in oil, gas taxes may have been lost because Colorado regulators didn’t enforce reporting rules

Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission failed to collect thousands of monthly production reports from operators across the state over a two-year period — information that impacts the accuracy of the state’s severance tax collection, according to a recently released state audit. Of the 420 oil and gas operators in Colorado, 316 were out of […]

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Hickenlooper faces renewed pressure and questions about his administration’s spending in final months

A little-noticed government account that is paying ongoing legal bills related to an ethics complaint against U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper is facing renewed scrutiny even as the Democrat’s allies continue to block requests for an audit of the spending. In its final months, the former governor’s administration used federal funds from a 2003 account […]