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FAQ: What Is a Metropolitan District?
In Colorado, metropolitan districts are special tax districts, a form of local government, created to provide municipal services in areas where these do not exist. These services most typically include water, sanitary sewer, transportation improvements, and parks and recreation, but there are several other municipal services that may be covered as well.
Metropolitan districts have become common in Colorado in recent decades as urban growth moved outside of areas that could be easily served by existing local governments. There are now about 1,850 of these special districts operating in the state. A very common type, and one that will be familiar to many home owners in northern Colorado, happens when a developer builds beyond the bounds of existing infrastructure and the nearby municipality has no existing budget or authority to extend services.
In those cases, a metropolitan district may be formed to finance, develop and manage those services. The district imposes a special tax on new development in the affected area, and issues municipal bonds backed by the anticipated future revenues from that tax.
So that new subdivision just outside of town, with new streets, sewer and water lines, a swimming pool and park owes its existence to the metropolitan district that funded ... more
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