Special District Administration

Department staff are available to assist districts with daily administrative operations including posting of meeting notices, open records, and compliance requirements of state statute. The Department also maintains files on each Title 32 Article 1 Special District. To view files, please go here.

Special District Compliance Calendar

C.R.S. 32-1-201 et seq.

When a special district is created, they are required to submit a service plan that outlines the services that the district will provide. The service plan also provides a financial plan for the procurement of land and facilities that may be necessary to provide the district services. Service plans must be submitted to the board of county commissioners or the municipal board (if the district is wholly located within a municipality) for approval. After board approval and a successful election creating the district, the service plan, along with a certified court order organizing the district is filed with the county clerk and recorder and the Division of Local Government.

Budget, Audits, & Debt
Annual Budget
C.R.S. 29-1-101 et seq.

A budget for each special district is required to be submitted to the Division of Local Government on an annual basis. The budget must contain revenues, expenditures, and fund balances. Each budget must also contain a message of significant budget issues for the year, the basis of accounting, and any leases that the district is involved in. A draft budget must be presented to the board of directors by October 15th. A hearing is set for public comment thereafter. The budget document must then be adopted by December 31st (Dec 15th if levying property taxes) and submitted to the Division of Local Government by January 31st of the budget year. Special district budgets are available for review at the office of the special district, or at the Division of Local Government's Denver office.

Basic Budget Calendar
October 15 - Budget Officer must present a Draft budget to the governing body. Budget Hearing is scheduled and draft is availablefor public review and comment. December 15 - Budget must be adopted and mill levy set for property taxing entities. December 31 - Budget must be adopted for non-property taxing entities. January 31 - Budget must be submitted to the Division of Local Government.

 

Special Districts must complete and submit a copy of an audit of the districts financial statements or an application for exemption from audit on an annual basis. Audits must be completed by an independent external auditor. Exemptions from audit are for governments with smaller budgets ($500,000 or less), and require submission of financial information compiled by finance professionals and approved by the Office of the State Auditor. Audits are due to the Office of the State Auditor by July 31st annually while exemptions are due to the same office by March 31st. Audits are available for review at the office of the special district, at the Office of the State Auditor, and at the Division of Local Government's Denver office.

More information at the Office of the State Auditor

Debt

Notice of Special District Authorization of Issuance of General Obligation Indebtedness(DLG-32)
Annual Report Annual Report of Non-Rated Public Securities (DLG-30)

More information on Local Government Budgeting

Annual Audit Requirement
C.R.S. 29-1-601 et seq.
Status Change

Notice of Inactive Status

Notice of Return to Active Status

Notice of Continuing Inactive Status

Boundary Change

All Title 32 Article 1 Special Districts are required by statute (C.R.S. 32-1-306) to annually file, on or before January 1, a current accurate map of their boundaries with the Division of Local Government (DLG).

Special District Map Standards
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