LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Group Hosts Metro District Forum
By Jocelyn Rowley
in Loveland Reporter-Herald, May 18, 2023
The proliferation of metropolitan districts across Colorado has helped provide much needed development to a growing population, but it has come with hidden costs. On Wednesday, the League of Women Voters South Larimer discussion group hosted a virtual panel presentation on how these financing tools can be misused by developers and end up putting a larger burden on property owners.
“It’s a good idea,” panelist John Henderson of the group Coloradans for Metro District Reform told the 38 online attendees. “The principal is sound. …But there’s no oversight, there’s no check and balance. That’s a bad idea.”
In Colorado, metropolitan districts are formed by developers to fund improvements or infrastructure that the local city or county government cannot, such as water, sewer, parks, or roads. The districts are authorized to collect taxes from current and future property owners that are then used to repay bonds issued to finance construction.
According to presenter Christina Manthey, president of the Jefferson County League of Women Voters, Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs reports that there are 2,297 metro districts across the state, including 346 in Larimer County.
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