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File #: 19-424    Version: Name:
Type: Resolutions Status: Passed
File created: 7/22/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/22/2019 Final action: 10/22/2019
Title: Approval of the Proposed 2020 Operating Plan and Budget for the Interquest South Business Improvement District Presenter: Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager
Attachments: 1. 2020 Operating Plan and Budget - Interquest South BID




Approval of the Proposed 2020 Operating Plan and Budget for the Interquest South Business Improvement District



Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager




The Interquest South Business Improvement District (BID) is a legal entity separate from the City of Colorado Springs.  However, as required by State statute, it is necessary for City Council to review and approve the proposed 2020 Operating Plan and Budget for the BID.


  Previous Council Action: 

City Council approved formation of this BID in 2004 (Ordinance No. 04-238) and has approved the BID Operating Plan and Budget annually since its formation.  In September 2015, Council approved a series of three ordinances and one resolution authorizing exclusions of certain property, inclusions of other property, and also allowing for the temporary appointments of two directors for this otherwise elected board of directors. In 2017, City Council approved the temporary appointment of two additional directors, thereby allowing for the total membership to be increased to four individuals.

Council subsequently approved an ordinance to exclude certain property on November 14, 2017 (Ordinance No. 17-103) and authorized the issuance of up to $4,000,000 in debt in the form of a bond issuance on October 24, 2017 (Resolution No. 116-17).

This item was introduced in a City Council Work Session on October 7, 2019.



The boundaries of this development-specific BID were initially established pursuant to an election in 2004.  This BID has an elected board, comprised of developers associated with this property.  The District is authorized to provide the acquisition and financing of improvements, construction of improvements, operation and maintenance of parking facilities, roadways, lighting, driveways, public utilities, and landscaping.

This Operating Plan and Budget anticipates continued development in 2020, including the design, installation or acquisition of additional public improvements.

This Operating Plan and Budget is provided in a format consistent with the standard template approved by Council in August 2014 for these documents.


  Financial Implications:

The District issued $4,000,000 in Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017 to fund public improvements, pay bond issue costs, fund an initial deposit to the Surplus Fund, and fund capitalized interest. The proposed operational mill levy for the BID in 2020 is 6.000 mills (1.000 mill for general expenses and 5.000 for debt service). The mill levy has decreased by .308 mills compared to 2019. The pledged property taxes for these bonds are capped at no more than 30.0 mills (which is below the cap in the Special District Policy). The 2020 budget includes a $50,000 developer advance related to continued maintenance and operations.

Some or all of the properties associated with this BID have a public improvement fee (PIF) covenant in place for up to 2.5%. This Operating Plan and Budget includes a PIF of 1.5% to be used for payment of the District’s Series 2017 Special Tax Revenue Bonds, except for $50,000, which is to be transferred in 2020 to the General Fund for operations and maintenance funding.  Beginning in 2021 the amount to be transferred each year will increase to $135,000 with an increase of 1% per annum beginning in 2022. For 2020, $136,766 in PIF revenues are projected.

As a separate legal entity, the financial activities of the BID are separate from those of the City, such that any current or future financial obligations of the BID would be specific to the property in this BID, and would not be an obligation of the City.


  Board/Commission Recommendation:

The BID Board of Directors recommends City Council’s approval of the 2020 Operating Plan and Budget.


  Stakeholder Process:






Recommended Action

  Proposed Motion:

Motion to approve the proposed 2020 Operating Plan and Budget for the Interquest South Business Improvement District.


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