Much of your property taxes go to the city, the county, the schools and the state — and residents often see how that money is spent.
A much smaller portion goes to a less visible entity — Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District, which covers nearly all of San Miguel County.
For instance, the owner of an $80,000 house pays around $25 a year to Tierra y Montes.
So what does that organization do?
It works to prevent erosion, preserve river habitats and undertake efforts to lessen the chance of wildfires.