Government

Manitou Springs is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado with an estimated population of 5,245. We are situated 6,412 feet above sea level and encompass about 3 square miles between Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Originally known as Manitou, the City officially changed its name to Manitou Springs in 1935. We have a Mayor/Council form of government. Elections are held on the first Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years. 

The City's 2019 General Fund budget (net of interfund transfers) is $9,410,947. Total expenditures (net of interfund transfers) for all funds are $20,173,873.

Services

Services provided include:

  • Cemetery
  • Financial management
  • Funding to support library services
  • Human resources
  • Liquor license administration
  • Municipal court
  • Open space and trails
  • Overall City governance by a City Council and Administration
  • Parking
  • Parks, recreation and fitness center
  • Planning services to implement the zoning code, historic district and subdivision regulations, long-range planning, procurement of grant funding, transportation planning and projects, and economic development
  • Provision and maintenance of infrastructure, such as roads, water, wastewater, stormwater infrastructure, and flood recovery projects
  • Provision of public safety and emergency services

Programs

Programs provided include:

  • Recreation and exercise programming to promote healthy lifestyle and water safety
  • On-going staff training and education
  • Community outreach
  • Collaboration with regional agencies to address housing, social service, transportation and other needs

Participants of City services and programs include citizens, business owners numerous visitors and City staff.