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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, and read every issue of OCN to find out more about the government entities were you live.

With each of the maps below, click on the map to download an Adobe Acrobat PDF you can view or print.

Below: INCORPORATED AREAS—This map shows "incorporated areas"; any property outside Monument, Palmer Lake, and Colorado Springs is in unincorporated El Paso County. Map courtesy of El Paso County Assessor’s Office.

Below: METRO DISTRICT—This map shows "metropolitan districts," which are 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.) Map courtesy of El Paso County Assessor’s Office.

Below: SANITATION/WATER DISTRICTS—This map shows water and sanitation districts in the Tri-Lakes area. Map courtesy of El Paso County Assessor’s Office.

Below: FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS—This map shows fire protection districts in the Tri-Lakes area. Map courtesy of El Paso County Assessor’s Office.

Below: SCHOOL DISTRICTS—This map shows the D-38 school districts boundary and within that school boundaries. Areas north of County Line Road are served by Douglas County schools. Areas south of D38 are served by Academy District 20. Map courtesy of Lewis-Palmer School District 38.

For information on local homeowners associations, contact the Northern El Paso County Coalition of Community Associations (NEPCO): www.nepco.org.


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