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File #: 19-592    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Informational Report Status: Filed
File created: 9/17/2019 In control: Council Work Session
On agenda: 1/13/2020 Final action: 1/13/2020
Title: Special Districts Overview- Session No. 6 Presenters: Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager Peter Wysocki, Planning and Community Development Director
Attachments: 1. PowerPoint-Session 6, 2. Summary of Colorado Springs Residentially Improved Parcels Currently Located in Special Districts, 3. Metro District Contacts- December 2019, 4. BID Contact information- December 2019, 5. Copy of Metro District Parks Inventory



Title
Special Districts Overview- Session No. 6

Presenters:
Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager
Peter Wysocki, Planning and Community Development Director

Body
Summary:
* This is the sixth of what are now anticipated to be seven Work Sessions requested by Council as an overview of City special districts and policy. Today's areas of focus will include the following:
o Follow-up from Session #5
o District powers and functions in addition to taxation and debt issuance
o District boards and elections


Background:

Please refer to the attached PowerPoint presentation. Other supporting materials are attached, including the following:

* Table summarizing Colorado Springs residentially improved parcels currently included in special districts
* Special district contact lists
* List of some of the parks sites and facilities

Follow-up from Session 5

* During Overview Session #5 (which occurred on December 9, 2019), Councilman Geislinger asked for information on the "checks and balances" pertaining to district's performance and accountability.


Staff will provide a high level overview of this topic as part of Session #7.

* In a separate request, Councilman Knight asked for an updated number of total City residentially approved parcels currently located within metropolitan districts.

The current numbers are included in an attached table.



Of the approximately 138,000 residentially improved parcels in the City, about 11,400 are currently included in metropolitan districts. Based on a comparison with numbers from about two years ago, it would appear that about 2/3rds of recent residential development is occurring in metropolitan districts.

* Councilman Knight asked to hear from a tax expert regarding the cost-related pros and cons of inclusion in metropolitan districts compared with more traditional property owners associations.


This is outside the area of expertise of City staff.

* Councilwoman Avila requested information on sp...

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