Metro districts are responsible for financing and building roads, constructing water and sewer systems, paving sidewalks and trails, creating parks and open space, and all the other necessary infrastructure and amenities people want and expect in a neighborhood.
Residents of metro districts enjoy greater amenities, such as pools, parks, and trails, while paying higher property taxes.
This is a system that ensures non-metro district neighbors are not burdened by taxes to pay for amenities they might not use.
Local towns and cities can’t build the amenities and public infrastructure due to TABOR restrictions. They’d have to raise taxes on every property owner and that’s not fair.
Metro districts are an established unit of government with local and state regulatory oversight. They are subject to controls on taxation, fees, and services – all to protect homeowners.
Metro districts are operated by a Board of Directors and sometimes a full-time paid staff administrator.
At first, developers sit on a metro district's Board of Directors because it’s formed before there are homes and homeowners.
But over time, residents can run for a board seat, allowing them to participate in important decisions.
If your homebuyer has decided to purchase a home in a metro district
Share this fact sheet with them: Living in a metro district
Unfortunately, there’s not a simple way to determine what neighborhoods are within the boundary of a metro district. Unlike HOAs, metro districts are not listed in the MLS. The easiest way to determine metro district boundaries is to look up the tax bill of a property of interest. You can find instructions here.