Overview of Colorado Special Districts
COMMITTEE ON JOINT LOCAL GOVERNMENT
02:22 PM -- Overview of Colorado Special Districts
Mr. Evan Goulding, Executive Director, Special District Association, gave an overview of special districts in Colorado. Mr. Goulding explained that special districts in Colorado have existed in the state for about 75 years. He said that special districts are formed to provide needed services such as fire protection or public sanitation. Mr. Goulding said that in recent years there has been a growth in the formation of special districts in order to help finance the infrastructure necessary for new development. Mr. Goulding then gave an overview of how special districts are formed and governed. He explained that special districts are particularly effective because they are not bound by city or county boundaries and are a political subdivision of the state of Colorado. He then outlined several circumstances leading to the formation of special districts.
Mr. Goulding continued his overview of the formation and governance of special districts in the state. Mr. Goulding addressed a question about term limits for members of special district boards. Mr. Goulding then explained the regulatory guidelines governing special districts. In response to a question, Mr. Goulding explained that special districts are eligible for most of the state's local grant programs. He answered a question about mapping special districts in the state.