Special Districts

The 33,000 special districts nationwide are local governments that provide services or infrastructure to promote the health, safety, prosperity, security, and general welfare of the inhabitants of the district. According to DOLA, there are currently 2,306 Title 32 special districts in Colorado as of November 2018, though the number regularly fluctuates as districts are created and dissolved. 

The Special District Act, in Title 32, C.R.S., outlines the many different types of special districts and specifies the services that may be provided. There are several reasons why special districts are created. Typically, special districts are created to evenly divide the costs of services between all property owners and residents within the district. 

Special Districts are also referred to as Taxing Authorities.

General Types of Special Districts

State law provides for several types of special districts, both general and specific. General types of Special Districts are listed below.

  • Ambulance Districts
  • Fire Protection Districts
  • Forest Improvement Districts
  • Health Assurance Districts
  • Health Service Districts
  • Mental Health Care Service Districts
  • Metropolitan Districts
  • Park and Recreation Districts
  • Sanitation Districts
  • Tunnel Districts
  • Water Districts
  • Water and Sanitation Districts


Grand County's Special Districts

Below is a non-exhaustive list of Grand County's Special Districts as of October 2019.

  • Blue Valley Metropolitan District
  • Byers View Metropolitan District
  • Colorado River Water Conservancy
  • Columbine Lake Water
  • Eagle County Soil Conservation District
  • East Grand Fire
  • East Grand School District / Bond
  • Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District / Bond
  • Granby Ranch Metropolitan District 1-8 / Bond
  • Granby Sanitation
  • Granby West GID
  • Granby West Metro Metropolitan District 1-7
  • Grand County Library District
  • Grand County Water & Sanitation District 1
  • Grand Elk Ranch GID 1-2 / Bond
  • Grand Fire & Bond
  • Grand Lake Fire
  • Grand Lake Fire Bond / Bond
  • Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District / Bond
  • Headwaters Metropolitan District
  • Hot Sulphur Springs & Parshall Fire
  • Kremmling Fire
  • Kremmling Memorial Hospital
  • Kremmling Sanitation District 1
  • Middle Park Soil Conservation District
  • Middle Park Water Conservancy
  • North Shore Water District
  • Pole Creek Meadows PID
  • Red Hawk Ranch Water & Sanitation
  • Rendezvous Arrow Metropolitan District 1-3
  • Rendezvous Commercial Metropolitan District
  • Rendezvous Residential Metropolitan District / Bond
  • Roam Metropolitan District 1-3
  • Silvercreek Water & Sanitation District
  • Solvista Metropolitan District
  • Tabernash Meadows Water & Sanitation District / Bond
  • Three Lakes Water & Sanitation District / Bond
  • Valley at Winter Park Water District
  • Village at Winter Park Resort Metropolitan District 1-3
  • West Grand School School District / Bond
  • West Meadow Metropolitan District
  • West Mountain Metropolitan District
  • Winter Park Ranch Water & Sanitation District / Elkhorn
  • Winter Park Water & Sanitation District / Bond