Start today ... simply enable the skill and start asking questions!
The skill can be enabled through a user’s Amazon Alexa app or by saying “Alexa, enable Douglas County” to their Alexa enabled device.  Once the skill is enabled, users can use voice commands with Alexa to ask ‘Douglas County’ about:
  • Up-to date county news ...“Alexa, ask Douglas County, what’s new?”
  • Local family-friendly events ...“Alexa, ask Douglas County, what events are occurring this month?”   
  • Road closures ... “Alexa, ask Douglas County, if there are any closures?”
  • Property value and taxes ...“Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I pay my property tax?”
  • County services ... “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I find out about county finances?”

What types of questions can you ask the Douglas County skill?   
Board of Commissioners
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, who are the elected officials?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I find out about board of commissioner business meetings?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I find out about county finances?”
Assessor
  •  “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I search for property?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I search for parcel records?”
Clerk & Recorder
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I apply for a marriage license?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I apply for a passport?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I get a death certificate?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I get a copy of military discharge papers?”
Employment
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I find a job opening?”
Elections
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I register to vote?”
Human Services
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I receive child care assistance?”
  • "Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I get child support?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I find foodbanks?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I get food assistance?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I report child abuse?”
  • "Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I report adult abuse?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I get financial assistance?”
Motor Vehicle
  • Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I renew my license plates?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, where can I renew my license plates?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I renew my driver’s license?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, where can I renew my driver’s license?”
Natural Resources
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I find out about parks and trails?”
Treasurer
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I pay property tax?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, what is my property value?" OR  “Alexa, ask Douglas County, what is my property tax for 2016?  *You will need configure your settings and set your account number, see below for more information.
How to ask for Events
For Events, you may specify a type of event, city, and/or date range.  Events is the keyword, and by default the feature will read back events in the coming week.
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, what's happening?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, to tell me events this week” 
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, to tell me general events in Castle Rock next month?”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, to tell me sports events near me this month”
Date Range, you can specify this month, next month, this week, next week, today, tomorrow
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, ‘What events are happening next week?’”
  • “Alexa, ask Douglas County, ‘To tell me art events in Lone Tree next month.’”
Types of Events include:
  • Art
  • Community
  • Festival
  • General
  • Music (includes concerts) 
  • Race (includes bike race, biking, marathon and fun run)
  • Sports (includes games, sporting)
  • Theater (includes performance, theater)
“Alexa, ask Douglas County, ‘To tell me sports events in Parker’”
“Alexa, ask Douglas County, ‘To tell me music events in Castle Rock next month’”
Cities supported in the Douglas County App include: - Castle Pines - Castle Rock - Douglas County - Highlands Ranch - Lone Tree - Parker - Larkspur 
“Alexa, ask Douglas County, ‘To tell me sport events in Castle Pines this month’”
 
*How to Configure Your Settings for the Ask Douglas County Skill
 Citizens can customize their settings by saying one of these phrases: 
  • To tell me my city 
  • To tell me my settings 
  • To tell me my account number  
  • To set my city to 'Castle Rock' 
  • To set my zip-code to 'eight zero one zero four' 
  • To set my account number to '0000001' (usually a seven digit numberDo not include the letter.