A special district is a municipal entity created for the purpose of constructing, operating and maintaining public infrastructure or to provide a public service such as mosquito abatement. There are many types of districts authorized by Colorado Revised Statute Title 32: familiar examples include Water and Sanitation Districts, School Districts, Parks and Recreation Districts.
Every May of even years all special districts are required to have an election for board members. Since board members serve four-year terms, two or three board members are elected each cycle. To be eligible, you need to be a qualified elector. To get on the ballot, you need only submit a self-nomination form to the District by February of the election year and satisfy other eligibility rules.
Serving as a board member is a very rewarding experience and is a great way to get to know your neighborhood and assist in how it functions. The Liverpool Board meets up to five times per year. Meetings typically last less than two hours. Board members also provide additional time between meetings reviewing operations and providing feedback to management.
All meetings are open to the public. It is a great opportunity to see first hand how a portion of your property taxes are being spent. You will also have an opportunity to address the board with your concerns and ask questions.
Please see the Ownership and Maintenance Responsibilities page for more information.
The District encompasses the Greenfield neighborhood, and is bounded by Smoky Hill Road on the North, Liverpool Street on the East, and Arapahoe Road on the South. Please see the boundary map page for more information.
Liverpool has 2 funds:
- General - the present, what it costs to provide current operations (accounting, management, landscape or facilities maintenance, legal services, etc.)
- Debt Service - the past, principal and interest on funds borrowed to provide the public infrastructure of your community (streets, utilities, public facilities, public landscaping, etc.)
All taxing entities must make their financial statements open to the public. All you need to do is ask.
As a property owner in Greenfield, you pay taxes to numerous public entities such as Cherry Creek School District, Arapahoe County, City of Centennial, East Cherry Creek Valley Water District, Liverpool Metropolitan District, Parker Fire Protection District, etc. These are all listed on your annual Property Tax Statement from Arapahoe County.
The qualified answer is that it compares favorably. The qualification is that very few metropolitan districts provide exactly the same types of services at the same level. Some districts exist solely to pay debt service while an overlapping HOA handles operations, maintenance and capital funding. Other districts provide nearly all services (including pool operations) within a community. Some districts even charge an assessment in addition to the property tax mill levy.
Also, the same mill levy on one property does not generate the same revenue on another property because the property values themselves vary. In fact, the same mill levy on a commercial property generates approximately 4x the tax revenue of the same property if it were categorized as residential.
The Board of Directors believes that the Liverpool Metropolitan District provides a fairly high level of service at a relatively low cost to the residents and property owners of Greenfield.
Just compare the Liverpool Metropolitan District with some surrounding communities:
|Metropolitan District||Total Mills Levied (2012)|
|E. Smoky Hill #2||16.500|
|East Arapahoe (Saddle Rock Estates)||9.792|
|East Smoky Hill #1||52.000|
|Goodman (The Farm)||28.000|
|Saddle Rock South #2||28.000|
|Tollgate Crossing #2||52.060|
(Liverpool Metropolitan District makes no claim to accuracy of the figures listed.)