DENVER – Statewide changes that could affect citizens’ business with the local Clerk and Recorder’s office, says San Miguel County Clerk and Recorder Peggy Nerlin.
“It looks like 2010 will be a busy year,” said Nerlin, just back from the Colorado County Winter Clerks Conference in Black Hawk. “The Colorado Secretary of State will offer online voter registration beginning in March. The Secretary of State’s office is also implementing a new election policy that includes the new ‘Tracer’ Campaign Finance System. All candidates for office will now file their applications to run and all of their campaign finance reports online, although municipalities are exempt from using this system.”
The implementation of new work-flow processes has been the focus of the Colorado Department of Revenue, and now: “The processes they will put in place this year include the ability for individual counties to look up all registrations within the State of Colorado,” Nerlin said.
Also pending is legislation that could impact document recording fees.
“Presently, a county clerk and recorder charges $5 per page to file certain documents, with an additional fee for documents that require multiple entries in the grantee or grantor index,” Nerlin said. The new bill, House Bill 10-1007, “would modify those fees, charging $10 for the first page of a document and $5 for each additional page.”
Fees would be eliminated for documents requiring multiple entries in the grantee or grantor index, she noted, adding that HB10-1007 has the support of the County Clerk's Association, the Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Title Companies.
To learn more about pending changes, visit the San Miguel County website at www.sanmiguelcounty.org, or call the Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 970/728-3954.