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For the first time in 13 years, house prices fell in 21 states during the third quarter, according to a government index. Average home prices fell by 0.4 percent nationwide from the previous quarter, according to the latest Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight House Price Index [730 Kb PDF]. The index tracks homes with… Continue Reading Pikes Peak region continues to see home price stability

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The El Paso County Assessor’s Office has changed the El Paso County DS056 (Regular Business Form) and DS060 (Lessor Business Form) for the 2008 tax year. The changes are expected to make it easier for business owners to complete and submit the forms. Taxpayers owning more than $2,500 in total actual value of personal property… Continue Reading Assessor’s Office changes personal property declaration forms

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County to consider budget cuts

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed mandates and balancing options to the county’s revised 2008 budget when it meets Thursday. Earlier this month, the board voted to furlough more than 100 county employees during the weeks of Christmas and Thanksgiving after a shortfall forced it to shave $4.1 million to balance… Continue Reading County to consider budget cuts

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Gov. Bill Ritter will give the keynote address during the Colorado Counties, Inc. 100th Annual Conference in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. The conference will be held Nov. 27 and 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2888 S. Circle Drive. Gov. Ritter is expected to discuss healthcare, transportation and education. On Nov. 28, there will be… Continue Reading Gov. Ritter, Colorado Counties Inc. conference in Springs this week

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County gains 114 acres for open space

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The El Paso County Environmental Services Department has acquired nearly 114 acres of land to be used for open space, trails and parks. The land is adjacent to Latigo Trails Subdivision northeast of the intersection of Woodmen and Meridian roads. El Paso County’s land development code requires developers to dedicate land or fees for regional… Continue Reading County gains 114 acres for open space

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County mulling workforce furlough

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El Paso County officials are considering a one-week, non-paid furlough of all non-essential employees to help make up an unanticipated $4.1 million budget shortfall. Such a move could affect about 770 employees who do not work in public safety or health and human services, or 35 percent of the county’s 2,329 full-time workers. The furlough… Continue Reading County mulling workforce furlough

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