“City Council has spent an inordinate amount of time in the last two years discussing residential metro/special districts. Longmonters’ eyes glaze over. Why should the residents of Longmont care? What are special and metro residential districts anyhow?
Colorado State Title 32 Special Districts allows the creation of a third form of state government (a special district serves one purpose, a metro district serves several purposes). This government body has the right to bond and tax, the right to seize and demolish property by eminent domain, and it has no state oversight. Originally special districts were created to help rural areas join larger areas to finance necessities like fire stations or water projects they were not able to afford alone. It also has been successfully used to create long-term stable financing for entities such as the Science and Cultural Facilities District (SFDC), which has benefitted not only Denver metro area organizations like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Denver Art Museum, but smaller local cultural facilities all over Colorado. It has been less than successful with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) with which Longmont is all too familiar. But these additional taxes were voted on by all Coloradans. This is not what we are talking about.”
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Christensen, Pauline. Times Call 4 February 2020.