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File #: 19-747    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Informational Report Status: Postponed
File created: 12/2/2019 In control: Council Work Session
On agenda: 6/8/2020 Final action:
Title: Special Districts Overview- Session No. 7 Presenters: Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager Peter Wysocki, Planning and Community Development Director
Attachments: 1. PowerPoint-Session 7, 2. Attachment 1- Colorado Springs Metro. District Mill Levies and Caps, 3. Attachment 2- Colorado Springs BID Mill Levies and Caps, 4. Attachment 3- Exhibit E Disclosure Form From Model Service Plan, 5. Attachment 4- Example of a Title 32 District Transparency Notice, 6. Attachment 5 - Overview of District Conversion to Resident Owner Control



Title
Special Districts Overview- Session No. 7

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

Body
Summary:
* This is the seventh and final Work Session 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 #6
o District accountability and disclosure
o District dissolution or conversion to resident boards
o Next steps including Special District Working Group


Background:

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

* Summary of district mill levies and authorized limits
* Colorado Springs metropolitan district annual report and disclosure excerpt from Model Service Plans
* Example of a State transparency notice to electors
* Staff overview of district dissolution or conversion of districts to resident boards

Follow-up from Prior Sessions

Mill levy summary table

Attached is a table summarizing all current certified special district mill levies (2019 property taxes payable in 2020) as well as the Council-approved limits on those mill levies. It should be noted that, in the case of many residential metropolitan districts, the actual mill levies appear to exceed these caps because "Gallagher adjustments" are typically allowed retroactive back to 2006. Between this year and last year, a number of recently created districts certified mill levies for the first time and several residential metropolitan districts made minor upward Gallagher adjustments to both their debt service or operational mill levies.

Taxable Status of District-owned versus HOA- owned Properties

During Overview Session #6 (which occurred on January 13, 2020), members of Council asked for clarification regarding the taxable status of district versus HOA-owned properties and improvements. Based on a conversation with staff of the Coun...

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