Metro district transparency reform bill advances in Colorado Senate committee

The Denver Post: A bill that requires metropolitan districts to be more upfront and transparent about taxes and fees unanimously passed a state Senate committee Thursday.

In the first stage of public hearings, Senate Bill 21-262 met with stormy resistance from reformists who told legislators it does little to solve the biggest issues concerning metro districts.

But members of the Senate Local Government Committee ultimately decided the bill, which tackles seven areas of metro district law, was a good step toward broader reforms.

“This bill gives a minimal baseline on transparency,” Sen. Tammy Story, D-Conifer, said after hearing two hours of testimony. “It’s such a low level of transparency and clearly residents are clamoring for more. I just think there’s so much more that needs to be done.”

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