Participate in City Council Meetings
City Council Responsibilities
The City Council meets to conduct the public's business for the City and County of Broomfield. Since the inception of the combined city and county government which began November 15, 2001, the Broomfield City Council has handled both municipal and county responsibilities under the jurisdiction of the City Charter and the voter-approved amendment to the Constitution of the State of Colorado.
Meetings are open to the public and their proceedings are documented and kept by the city clerk. Audio and video tapes are also made of the meetings, and may be accessed by members of the public by appointment with the city clerk in the Central Records Office in the City and County Building. These tapes may not be removed from the building, but copies may be requested for purchase.
Council Meetings and Participation
Council meetings are open to the public, and you are encouraged to attend. City laws are codified in the Broomfield Municipal Code, and consist of the city's ordinances. All new ordinances require postings in designated facilities, publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the city, and at least one public hearing before they are adopted. Citizens are encouraged to participate in public hearings. They are scheduled during regular or special city council meetings.
Ordinances are the laws passed by City Council. Under the city's charter, all legislative acts must be passed by ordinance. Ordinances are required for actions that appropriate money, create indebtedness, levy taxes, establish rules that if violated and have a penalty (fines or jail) imposed. Ordinances are also required for any action that involves the use of private property, such as annexation or zoning issues.
Resolutions are formal expressions of the City Council's opinion, will or intent. Resolutions must be confined to one subject. The city's annual budget is adopted by resolution, as are other routine actions which the City Council must authorize. Some examples are:
- Agreements with outside consultants or vendors
- Authorizations of purchases