Fremont County Commissioners' Office

615 Macon Ave.
Room 105
Cañon City, CO 81212

(719) 276-7300
Fax:  (719) 276-7412


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Tim Payne
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Debbie Bell
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Dwayne McFall
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Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday
Except Holidays

The Code of the West was first chronicled by the famous western writer Zane Grey. The men and women who came to this part of the country during the westward expansion of the United States were bound by an unwritten code of conduct. The values of integrity and self reliance guided their decisions, actions and interactions. In keeping with that spirit, we offer this information to help citizens of Fremont County who wish to follow the footsteps of those rugged individualists by living outside city limits.

INTRODUCTION - It is important for you to know that life in the country is different from life in the city. Because of the difference in the mill levy and wide area we cover, county governments are not able to provide the same level of service that city governments provide. To that end, we are providing you with the following information to help you make an educated and informed decision to purchase rural land.

ACCESS - The fact that you can drive to your property does not necessarily guarantee that you, your guests and emergency service vehicles can achieve that same level of access at all times. Please consider;

UTILITY SERVICES - Water, sewer, electric, telephone and other services may be unavailable. Please review your options from the non-exhaustive list below.

THE PROPERTY- There are many issues that can affect your property. It is important to research these items before purchasing land.

MOTHER NATURE - Residents of the county usually experience more problems when the elements and earth turn unfriendly. Here are some thoughts for you to consider.

AGRICULTURE - The people who tamed this wild land brought water to the barren, arid east slope of the Rockies through an ingenious system of water diversion. This water has allowed agriculture to become an important part of our environment, but there can be some problems.

IN CONCLUSION - Even though you pay property taxes to the county, the amount of tax collected does not cover the cost of the services provided to rural residents. In general, those living in the cities subsidize the lifestyle of those who live in the country by making up the shortfall between the cost of services and the revenues received from rural dwellers.

This information is by no means exhaustive. There are other issues that you may encounter that we have overlooked, and we encourage you to be vigilant in your duties to explore and examine those things that could cause your move to be less than you expect.

We have covered these comments in the sincere hope that it can help you enjoy your decision to reside in the country. It is not our intent to dissuade you, only to inform you.

If we can be of further help, feel free to call any commissioner or country office at (719) 276-7300.

The Board of County Commissioners