2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 32 - Special Districts
Special District Act
Article 1 - Special District Provisions
Part 3 - Organization
§ 32-1-301. Petition for organization
(1) After approval of the service plan pursuant to section 32-1-205 or 32-1-206 or after approval of the petition by the governing body of a municipality pursuant to section 32-1-205, the persons proposing the organization of a special district may file a petition for organization in the district court vested with jurisdiction of the county in which all or part of the real property in the proposed special district is situated. The petition shall be signed by not less than thirty percent or two hundred of the taxpaying electors of the proposed special district, whichever number is the smaller.
(2) The petition shall set forth:
(a) The type of service to be provided by the proposed special district and the name of the proposed special district, consisting of a chosen name preceding one of the following phrases:
(I) Ambulance district;
(I.1) Fire protection district;
(II) Health service district;
(III) Metropolitan district;
(IV) Park and recreation district;
(V) Sanitation district;
(VI) Water and sanitation district;
(VII) Water district;
(VIII) Tunnel district;
(IX) Mental health care service district;
(X) Health assurance district.
(b) A general description of the facilities and improvements, if any, to be constructed, installed, or purchased for the special district;
(c) A statement as to whether the proposed special district lies wholly or partly within another special district or municipality;
(d) The estimated cost of the proposed facilities and improvements;
(d.1) The estimated property tax revenues for the district's first budget year;
(e) A general description of the boundaries of the special district or the territory to be included therein, with such certainty as to enable a property owner to determine whether or not his property is within the special district;
(f) If selected by the petitioners, a general description of the boundaries of director districts which shall have, as nearly as possible, the same number of eligible electors, which shall be as contiguous and compact as possible, and which shall be represented on the board by a director who is an eligible elector within the boundaries of the respective director district;
(g) A request for the organization of the special district;
(h) A request for the submission to the electors of the special district at the organizational election of any questions permitted to be submitted at such election pursuant to section 32-1-803.5.
(3) The petition shall be accompanied by a resolution approving the service plan as provided in section 32-1-205, unless the service plan has been approved by the court as provided in section 32-1-206 or unless such special district is confined exclusively within the boundaries of any existing municipality, and the governing body of the municipality has approved the petition for organization by resolution which shall be attached to the petition.
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