City Home Rule Charter


Home Rule Charter

On June 19, 1973, the citizens of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, selected Home Rule as the type of government for their City and elected a twenty-one member Charter Commission to draft the Charter.

This Charter provides that all powers of the City shall be vested in an elective Council which shall enact local legislation and determine policies. A City Manager will be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Council, and he shall be responsible for the administrative functions of the City. With this form of government it is hoped that the growth and quality of the life in Steamboat Springs will continue in a peaceful and progressive manner for the benefit of all who live in this unique mountain city.

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The underlying concept of this document is the need for a flexible and responsive government. Such a philosophy emphasizes popular involvement and encourages citizen participation in all matters of local and municipal concern. It is the intent of this Charter and Home Rule to permit the elected officers to operate freely in the implementation of the needs and desires of the people of this City, and to preserve all powers delegated to the people by the Constitution of the United States and permitted by the Constitution of the State of Colorado.

This Charter is hereby respectfully submitted to the citizens of Steamboat Springs for their approval.

We, the people of the City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, under the authority of the Constitution of the State of Colorado and the Municipal Home Rule Act of 1971, and in order to exercise the rights, privileges and responsibilities of self-government granted to us by the said Constitution and Act, do ordain and establish this Home Rule Charter for the City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Editor’s note—Printed in this part is the city charter which was approved by the voters at an election held on November 6, 1973. History notes show the legislation proposing amendments and the date the voters approved the amendments. Catchlines are printed in boldface type. Except as otherwise stated in this note or in editor’s notes in the charter, the charter is published as enacted and amended. Material added by the editor is encased in brackets and obvious misspelling errors have been corrected.