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Special Districts Litigation – Denver Corporate Litigation Lawyers

Special Districts Law - Litigation Lawyer - Colorado Burg Simpson Special districts in Colorado are simply local governments, usually created by a developer to finance the development of public infrastructure (roads, water and sewer lines, bike paths and recreation trails, parks, community pools, recreation centers, and similar facilities) of a new development. 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 limited timelines allowed for property owners to object. Special districts must not be used for private benefit, but instead are compelled to provide public services and public facilities. Developers who use special districts as a source of private funds could be in violation of the law.

The Colorado corporate litigation attorneys at Burg Simpson have successfully represented property owners who have objected to special districts. We have also represented individuals who reside within special districts to help them gain control of the districts from the developers that are all too often reluctant to give up power. Our firm has successfully obtained judgments against developers that have misused special districts, and successfully invalidated agreements that would have forced taxpayers to pay for improper expenses. Burg Simpson law also regularly serves as general counsel to special districts run by residents.

If you are involved in a conflict with a special district, do not wait to call a Colorado corporate litigation attorney at Burg Simpson at 303-792-5595.

Colorado law imposes strict limits on what services county governments can offer residents. These special districts typically spring up to fill the gaps that are left. Most of these special districts draw their boundaries in unincorporated county land, but they can also include municipality residents.

As political subdivisions of the state, special districts have to submit several different filings throughout the year. Most of these are financial, but also include things such as election results, boards of directors, among others. Some of the more critical paperwork includes:

  • Service plan – One of the most important documents a special district has to file with the state is a service plan, which details what services the district will be responsible for. The service plan also lays out a financial plan for the acquisition of necessary facilities. Service plans must be submitted to the board of county commissioners or the appropriate municipal board. After approval and a successful election to establish the district, the service plan is filed with the county clerk and recorder as well as Colorado’s Division of Local Government.
  • Annual audit – Special districts have to submit an audit of its financial statements or otherwise file for an exemption. Either of these must be filed annually and must be done independently. Audit exemptions are only for districts with smaller budgets and require submission of financial information compiled by finance professionals and must be approved by the State Auditor. Residents can review these audits at the special district office, at the state auditor’s office, and at the Division of Local Government.
  • Annual budget – Every special district is also required to file an annual budget with the Division of Local Government. Among other things, the annual budget has to also include a note regarding significant budget issues, the basis of accounting, and any leases the district is committed to. Residents can review special district budgets at the office of the special district, or at the Division of Local Government.

Call Burg Simpson for Help

If you have concerns regarding metropolitan or other special districts, reach out to the Colorado commercial litigation lawyers at Burg Simpson by calling 303-792-5595 as soon as possible. We can assist you in protecting your rights!

 August 20, 2019

Colorado and Company Interviews Burg Simpson’s Personal Injury Lawyers

Colorado and Company Interviews Burg Simpson’s Personal Injury Lawyers. Shareholders Peter W. Burg and Stephen J. Burg Discuss What to Do Following a Crash. If you have experienced a vehicle-related injury through the carelessness of another party, you could be eligible for damages for your pain, suffering, and loss. The Denver personal injury lawyers at… Read more »

 August 15, 2019

Burg Simpson Congratulates Our Best Lawyers in America!

Twenty-Seven Burg Simpson Attorneys named as The Best Lawyers in America ® 2020. Four lawyers were named 2020 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Their Practice Areas and Regions Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce the Best Lawyers in America accolades for… Read more »

 August 5, 2019

Bicycle Crashes: The Blame Game

Bicycle Crashes: The Blame Game By David P. Hersh, Shareholder and Avid Cyclist When it comes to crashes between cyclists and motor vehicles, it is essential to establish who is at fault for causing the accident.  Tort law in America operates on a system of responsibility – those who ride or drive on public ways… Read more »

 August 1, 2019

Michael Burg Discusses the Opioid Epidemic Litigation

Michael Burg Discusses the Opioid Epidemic Litigation. Michael Burg, shareholder and founder of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, recently appeared on the Ross Kaminski Show on KHOW to discuss the current opioid epidemic, and how the opioid lawsuit is seeking to hold drugmakers accountable for opioid-related addictions, injuries, and deaths. Michael Burg is one… Read more »

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

 July 1, 2019

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

The Jeremy Bitner Foundation was established in honor of Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner. Detective Bitner lost his life in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after being struck and killed by a vehicle while performing a traffic stop. Jeremy served the Englewood Police Department for 8 years and during that time was assigned… Read more »

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner

 May 7, 2019

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner was held at Maggiano’s on April 25th to recognize the ten winners of the firm’s annual scholarship competition. The firm’s founder Michael Burg, and shareholders Peter Burg and Stephan Marsh presented awards to the 2019 winners! This year’s recipients included Ms. Madison Frotten, Mr. Dale Kim, Ms. McKenna… Read more »

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

 April 17, 2019

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

Shareholder Nick Fogel is the practice group leader of the Workers’ Compensation division at Burg Simpson. Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance that protects employees when they are injured on the job or in the line of duty. Workers’ compensation provides both wage replacement and medical benefits. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be… Read more »

Burg Simpson | We Are Here To Help

 April 5, 2019

Burg Simpson | We Are Here To Help

Burg Simpson is a law firm committed to helping injured people rebuild their lives after a serious accident or injury. Our trial lawyers have handled nearly every kind of injury or wrongful death case. The team at Burg Simpson has the resources, nationwide reputation, or proven track record of success when it comes to helping… Read more »

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