Colorado Open Records Request (CORA)

While the Districts actively promote transparency between the Districts and the public, the Districts also recognizes the importance of promoting the efficient use of taxpayer resources (which is primarily tax revenue and fees) used to operate the Districts. Consequently, the Districts do not publicly post all records related to the day-to-day administrative and financial operations of the Districts. (Such activities are typically summarized and reported to the Board at regular board meetings.

The primary body of law addressing open record requests submitted by the public to government entities is contained in section CRS 24-72-200 etc.

Requesting Public Records

The public may submit open record requests to the Districts for information and documents not otherwise posted on the District's website. To submit a records request, the Districts' CORA Request Forms must be completed and submitted to the District Manager. General emails or phone calls to the Districts or its representatives or agents will not be treated as records requests under CORA. CORA Request Form


Limitations on CORA Requests

The Districts will typically not provide the following documents (due to the sensitive nature of such information) if included in a CORA request:

  • Bank account numbers
  • Voter records (District typically enters into non-disclosure agreements with the County and/or State regarding voter records)
  • Attorney detail billing statements related to litigation services
  • Attorney-client protected communications
  • "Work product" prepared for public officials (as defined in CRS 24-72-202(6.5) such as drafts of board meeting minutes, financial statement drafts, resolution drafts, and draft version of "final" reports included in board meeting packets

Fees and Costs

Because CORA requests impose a burden on the Districts' resources and the Districts desire to minimize the financial burden placed on its taxpayers from potential voluminous CORA requests, the District Boards have adopted a CORA-compliant policy for imposing fees for research and retrieval of Districts records as follows:

  • First hour - no charge
  • Second and subsequent hours - $33.58/hour (billed in 15-minute increments)
  • $0.25 per copy
  • Cost to mail and deliver documents at the request of the CORA requestor are passed on to the CORA requestor

Hourly research and retrieval fees may be adjusted for inflation pursuant to CRS 24-72-205(b). Other fees may be imposed at the discretion of the records custodian consistent with the provisions of CORA.