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Special Districts

Special Districts

Spencer Fane Special District attorneys help homebuilders, commercial property developers, municipalities, and other governmental bodies form taxing districts that help finance the creation of developments and community services. In addition, we provide legal representation to help guide the operation of services that might not exist without the financing provided by districts.

Our attorneys were involved with the start of Colorado’s Special District Association 40 years ago, and in the decades since we have formed strong ties with key players inside the state capitol. Spencer Fane has provided representation to more than 400 special districts throughout the state, including many that are a part of metro Denver’s economically thriving areas. These districts range in size from five acres to the western half of Eagle County, Colorado.

Special districts, municipalities and other government organizations rely on our firm to address all their legal needs. We work with fire protection, water and sanitation, metropolitan, and business improvement districts as well as intergovernmental authorities in complex areas of law, including election law, TABOR issues, finance, water law, environmental law, labor and employment issues, litigation, and other related areas. In addition, our firm’s depth allows us to handle all types of associated special district litigation matters such as annexations, elections, land use appeals, tax protests, condemnation, utility rates, construction and contract disputes, licensing, environmental insurance, and public financing disputes.

Our bond attorneys have been responsible for hundreds of securities transactions connected with the formation and/or financing through both tax-exempt and taxing entities of counties, municipalities, special districts, and other political subdivisions. The firm has represented issuers, underwriters, developers, letter of credit providers, investors, and others in these transactions.

Developers don’t always know about options related to special districts, and we work to identify funding sources and often continue to provide counsel all the way through years of building out multiple phases of large and complex developments.

Representative Experience

  • Currently assisting a Business Improvement District in the financing and development of a $35 million visitors center and an additional $30 million in infrastructure to serve associated office, hotel and retail development.
  • For the past twenty years we have assisted a Metropolitan District that provides recreational facilities and services, including two regional sports complexes providing programs in swimming, gymnastics, hockey, basketball and adult, teen child and toddler activities. This representation includes board representation, and employment, OSHA, ADA, environmental, finance, real estate and litigation matters.
  • Currently assisting developers through the creation of a variety of taxing district entities that are financing the development of more than 24,000 acres, including the construction of major power, water, sewer, street and transportation improvements that will ultimately serve not only the land being developed but the entire population of a county and those traveling through it.