Special districts in Colorado are government entities that are often created by a developer to finance the development of public infrastructure (roads, water and sewer lines, bike paths and recreation trails, parks, community pools and recreation centers, and similar facilities). Metropolitan districts are a type of special district commonly created in new subdivisions. When properly used, these districts provide an important service. But developers can misuse these districts, often putting their own private interests ahead of the public good.
Special districts must be created according to a very strict statutory process, with very short timelines for affected property owners to object. Special districts must not be used for private benefit, but instead must provide public services and public facilities. Developers who use special districts as a source of private funds may be in violation of the law.
Burg Simpson attorneys have successfully represented property owners that have objected to the creation of special districts. We have also represented individuals who reside within special districts to help them take control of the districts from developers who often may be reluctant to give up power. Our firm has successfully obtained judgments against developers who have misused special districts, and we have successfully invalidated agreements that would force taxpayers to pay for improper developer expenses. Burg Simpson also serves as general counsel to special districts that are now under the control of residents.
If you have concerns regarding metropolitan districts or other special districts, contact Burg Simpson. We may be able to assist you in protecting your rights.