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- ACH Payments
Electronic bill paying (ACH) is available for water and sewer bills. Customers need to fill out an ACH Authorization Agreement and return it along with a voided check to City Hall. Once set up, customers never have to worry about mailing a check again. ACH also saves taxpayer dollars by helping the City operate more efficiently.
Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments are a form of electronic bill payment widely used by both commercial and governmental sectors, most commonly for debit card transactions, direct deposit, business-to-business payments and federal, state or local tax payments.
The City of Salida and Chaffee County each own various parcels of land that comprise owns Harriet Alexander Field. This regional airport is located 2 miles outside the city limits on County Road 140. The City of Salida and Chaffee County are parties to an intergovernmental agreement for the long-term operation and maintenance of the airport.
Salida Harriet Alexander Field (KANK)
Address: 9255 County Road 140, Salida, CO 81201, (719) 539-3720
Airport Manager: Carl Hasselbrink, 719-530-8410
RWY: 6/24 – 7350′ x 75′
Elev: 7489 ft
Radio: CTA/UNI 122.7
- Animal Control
To report a lost or found pet, please call the Salida Police at 719-539-6880.
Dogs and cats must be licensed within 10 days of moving to the City or obtaining the pet. The application (along with proof of rabies vaccination) may be taken or mailed to City Hall. 2010 license fees are $10 (altered) or $15 (unaltered).
- Arborist License
Anyone providing tree services (trimming, pruning, treating or removing) within the City must be licensed by the City.
- Aquatic Center
The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is a year-round facility which offers recreation and relaxation in natural mineral water. This sparkling clear and odorless water, once enjoyed by the Ute Indians, flows continuously into the pools refreshing and warming them naturally.
Colorado municipalities are required to undergo a financial audit each year. Past audits are available in the document library.
- Automobile Registration (See Motor Vehicle Registration)
Salida is a great place for cycling, whether you prefer road, mountain, townie, or cross. South Central Racing, a local club, actively supports the cycling community with group rides for all levels and spinning classes through the winter. Maps of bike paths and mountain bike trails are available at the local bike shops, Absolute Bikes and Subculture Cyclery.
All payments should be mailed to the City of Salida, 448 E. First St, Suite 112, Salida, CO 81201. General questions should be directed to the Finance Department at 719-539-4555.
- Boards and Commissions
Salida is a popular whitewater destination, as the Arkansas River offers world-class kayaking and rafting. The town whitewater park plays host to the annual FibArk rodeos and is accessible via a boat ramp near Sackett Ave. and G St. Another boat ramp is located near the stockyards below town.
The budget process involves developing standalone budgets for the City’s General Fund, Conservation Trust Fund, SteamPlant Event Center Fund, and the separate water and sewer operations within the Water Activity Enterprise Fund. The City has both general government and business type (or “enterprise”) funds. The government funds are primarily supported by sales taxes and intergovernmental revenue. Enterprise funds are used for business-type activities with user fees and charges expected to cover costs.
The City follows the rules in the Colorado Revised Statutes regarding budget deadlines and the public hearing process. The City Council must be presented with a budget by October 15 and is required to set a public hearing date, publish specific information and, ultimately, approve the budget before the end of the fiscal year.
See the Administration Department for more information.
- Building Permits
- Bus Service
Regional bus service, including travel to downtown Denver, is available via Black Hills Stage.
Local shuttle service is provided by Chaffee Shuttle/Neighbor to Neighbor. Trips must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance.
- Business Registration
Salida currently does not have a general business license. However, licenses are required to operate as an arborist, a peddler, or any establishment selling alcoholic beverages. In addition, anyone renting lodging facilities for period of less than 30 days must file a quarterly lodging occupation tax return.
- Community Center
The Salida Community Center promotes an environment of support and advocacy for adults through fostering opportunities for fellowship, recreation, health, wellness and life long learning. The Community Center is located at the corner of 3rd and F Street in the Historic District of downtown Salida.
- Chaffee County
Chaffee County is on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. Bordered on the west by the Sawatch Range, including the 14,000 foot Continental Divide, the eastern boundary of the county follows the Mosquito Range, descending toward the south. Located high in the Upper Arkansas Valley, the Arkansas River flows toward the southeast between the two mountain ranges.
- Chaffee Housing Trust (See Housing)
- Chamber of Commerce
The Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce serves at the Salida Regional Visitor’s Center, offering detailed information on business, lodging, recreation and tourism opportunities in the area. The Chamber also provides many benefits to local businesses.
- City Clerk
- City Parks
- Code (See Municipal Code)
- Collegiate Peaks Byway
- Council of Governments
The Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments, together with the four counties of Fremont, Chaffee, Custer and Lake, provides quality services to promote self-sufficiency and healthy lifestyles for individuals and families by enabling them to improve their lives.
- Credit Card Payments
The City does not accept credit card payments. Water and sewer customers may sign up for automated electronic billing (ACH).
- Departments, City
- Dog Park
The Loyal Duke Dog Park opened in November 2009, the culmination of four years of work by engaged citizens and the local dog club. The dog park is located on Holman Avenue and is accessible either by the Monarch Spur bike trail or the parking lot adjacent to the soccer field.
The purpose of the park is to provide a safe, convenient area for dogs and their owners to exercise and socialize. The park was made possible through sponsorships, donations, and many volunteered hours.
- Driving Range
- Energy Plan
energynow is our countywide energy efficiency and conservation strategy, which provides information and incentives for homeowners, businesses, and government to conserve energy, improve energy efficiency and save money. The City of Salida is a sponsor of the energy plan and supports a number of energy conservation programs.
- Golf Course
Salida’s municipal golf course is operated by the Salida Golf Club. Both the course and the on-premise restaurant/bar are a local favorite.
- Hazardous Waste Disposal
The Chaffee County Landfill accepts only certain items considered hazardous to the environment, such as batteries and contaminated dirt. Contact the landfill office at 719-539-3738.
The Housing Authority of the City of Salida was formed in 1969 to serve the citizens of Salida by providing affordable housing to the elderly and handicapped.
The Chaffee Housing Trust was created in response to the growing affordability gap for most low and moderate income residents of the county. CHT is a nonprofit, community-directed organization that follows the nationally-tried and -tested Community Land Trust model of dual ownership.
- Hot Springs Aquatic Center (See Aquatic Center)
- Landfill and Recycling
Chaffee County operates a landfill located between Salida and Nathrop at 16550 Highway 285, 719-539-3738. See the Chaffee County website for more information including hours of operation, accepted materials and fees.
- Lodging Tax
An occupation tax is imposed on persons or entities providing short term commercial lodging in the City of Salida, or “lodgers”. Commercial lodging includes that provided by hotels and motels, vacation homes, rooms in private residences, or other forms of housing for periods of less than 30 days. The tax is based on a $2.50 flat fee per room rented in the reporting period. Rooms rented to tax-exempt organizations may be excluded from the calculation of the tax. The purpose of the tax is to fund parks and recreation and arts facilities in the City. Chaffee County imposes a 1.9% lodging tax used to support Chaffee County Visitor’s Bureau.
- Loyal Duke Dog Park (See Dog Park)
- Motor Vehicle Registration
Motor vehicle registration is handled by Chaffee County. If you are registering an out-of-state vehicle and need a VIN verification, Salida Police can help you. Get the required forms at City Hall.
- Municipal Code
The “Code” refers to the codification of the general ordinances of the City of Salida that are passed by a majority vote of the City Council. Before passage, city staff guide the ordinances through a public process that included two readings at council meetings, a public hearing, postings in the local newspaper, and a 30-day waiting period. Each time a new ordinance becomes effective, the code is updated to reflect the additional provisions, changes or deletions. The code is published with a table of contents containing each chapter and article title. A three-place numbering system places the chapter number first, followed by the article number and section number.
The Salida Museum contains a treasury of Indian artifacts, household furnishings, art, photographs, mineral specimens and tools associated with railroading, mining, farming and ranching. The museum collection, first displayed in 1954, was started by Mrs. Harriet Alexander, Salida’s first councilwoman, and Mrs. Byrd Raikes Fuqua, proprietress of Byrd Colony dude ranch, which began in 1925 and operated for many years in the Chalk Creek area of Mount Princeton. When Mrs. Alexander died in 1971, money left in her will was used to build the present two-room museum building, which opened its doors in 1976.
Whether you enjoy classical concerts held at the Salida SteamPlant (and a variety of other venues), bluegrass in the park, coffee house folk singers or classic rock bands in the local watering holes, Salida offers a surprisingly wide array of world class music for every taste.
Salida Aspen Concerts features internationally recognized artists as well as exciting new artists making their debut at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School. The series of six concerts offers an amazing opportunity to hear these world class artists perform classical and contemporary music in a quaint mountain setting in the heart of Colorado.
The Walden Chamber Music Society of Colorado presents a series of concerts each year sponsored by local patrons and music lovers of the region. They have received an enthusiastic response from the local communities.
Most of the historic downtown is restricted to two-hour parking.
- Police Records
The Salida Police Department contracts with Chaffee County for records keeping. Chaffee County maintains all of Salida police reports and documentation. The records division has three full time employees and operates from room 215 in the Courthouse. The business office is open Monday to Friday from 8 A.M to 5 P.M. 719-539-2814
- Sales Tax
The City of Salida imposes a 3% sales tax on gross receipts of tangible personal property and services as further defined in the Salida Municipal Code §4-3. Persons doing business in the City of Salida must register with the State and obtain a sales tax license through the Department of Revenue. Sales tax is remitted to the State and distributed to the City the following month.
The majority of the City’s general funds are derived from sales tax.
At 365 feet tall, the smelter smokestack stands as a majestic monument to the mining industry and its workers, many of them Greek and Italian immigrants. Smeltertown was the home of the Ohio-Colorado Smelting and Refining Company, which employed some 500 people until World War I. Finished in 1917, this is the last of several stacks built ever higher to keep noxious gases from polluting surrounding ranchland.
- Solar Exemption
The City of Salida passed an ordinance to exempt solar panels and other renewable energy systems from its 3% sales tax.
To be eligible for a sales tax credit for solar power components, the purchaser must submit to the City a final inspection certification for the solar power system from an energy provider showing the purchaser’s inclusion in a net metering program as well as an invoice from the contractor or purchaser showing the amount of sales tax paid on the solar power components.
- South Ark Fire Protection District
The mission of the South Arkansas Fire Districtis, through a cooperative agreement with the City of Salida, to provide a safe environment and the highest level of professional service to the citizens and visitors of the South Arkansas Fire Protection District.
- SteamPlant Event Center
The former site of a steam plant for the city, the renovated SteamPlant is available to the public to rent for private parties and events. It also serves as a cultural center and now provides a venue for the performing arts, a visual arts gallery with rotating exhibitions and an outdoor sculpture gallery.
- School District