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(1)On the day fixed for such hearing or at any adjournment thereof or, if the hearing is waived under subsection (3.5) of this section, at any meeting at which an ordinance creating a district is considered, the governing body shall ascertain from the tax rolls of the counties in which the district is located, from the last official registration list and from such other evidence which may be adduced, the total number of electors of the district and the total valuation for assessment of the real and personal property therein.
(2)If it appears that said petition is not signed by at least the number of electors required under section 31-25-604 (1) or if it is shown that the proposed improvement or service will not confer a general benefit on the district or that the cost of the improvement or service would be excessive as compared with the value of the property in the district, the governing body shall dismiss the petition and adjudge the cost against those executing the bond filed to pay such costs. No appeal or other remedy shall lie from an order dismissing said proceeding. Nothing in this section shall prevent the filing of subsequent petitions for similar improvements or services or for a similar district. The right so to renew such proceeding is hereby expressly granted and authorized.
(3)The finding of the governing body upon the question of the genuineness of the signatures and all matters of fact incident to such determination shall be final and conclusive on all parties in interest, whether appearing or not.
(3.5)If the petition for organizing a district is signed by one hundred percent of the owners of taxable real property to be included in the district and contains a request for such waiver, the governing body may, at its discretion, waive all or any of the requirements for notice, publication, and a hearing set forth in this section and in section 31-25-606.
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(a)Upon the hearing if required, or without a hearing pursuant to subsection (3.5) of this section, if it appears that a petition for the organization of a district has been duly signed and presented in conformity with this part 6 and that the allegations of the petition are true, the governing body, by ordinance duly adopted and made effective, shall adjudicate all questions of jurisdiction and may order that the question of the organization of the district and such other matters as the governing body deems appropriate including, but not limited to, the issuance of bonds or other matters for which voter approval is required under section 20 of article X of the Colorado constitution, be submitted to the electors at an election to be held for that purpose in accordance with the provisions of articles 1 to 13 of title 1, C.R.S., or article 10 of this title. Unless provided otherwise in section 20 of article X of the Colorado constitution, such election may be held either at a special election held not less than sixty days but not more than one hundred eighty days after the governing body adopts the ordinance or in conjunction with a regular municipal election, general election, ballot issue, or ballot question election.
(b)At an election held under paragraph (a) of this subsection (4), the electors of the district shall vote for or against the organization of the district and such other matters as the governing body deems appropriate including, but not limited to, the issuance of bonds or matters for which voter approval is required under section 20 of article X of the Colorado constitution. If a majority of the votes cast at the election are in favor of the organization, the governing body shall adopt an ordinance declaring the district organized.
(c)If a petition filed with the governing body complies with subsection (3.5) of this section, the governing body may adopt an ordinance declaring the district organized without any notice, hearing, election, or filing of a bond.
(d)If the governing body adopts an ordinance in accordance with paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (4), the governing body shall give the district the corporate name specified in the petition by which, in all proceedings, it shall thereafter be known. The district shall be a public or quasi-municipal subdivision of this state and a body corporate with the limited proprietary powers set forth in this part 6.
(e)Nothing in this subsection (4) authorizes a governing body to waive an election otherwise required under section 20 of article X and section 6 of article XI of the Colorado constitution or to hold an election inconsistent with the election requirements in said section 20.
(5)If an ordinance is adopted establishing the district, such ordinance shall finally and conclusively establish the regular organization of the district against all persons unless an action attacking the validity of the organization is commenced in a court of competent jurisdiction within thirty days after the adoption of such ordinance. Thereafter, any such action shall be perpetually barred. The organization of said district shall not be directly or collaterally questioned in any suit, action, or proceeding.
Section 31-25-607 — Hearing - dismissal - findings - declaration - when action barred,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-31.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).