C.R.S. Section 37-41-117

  • contract
  • purposes
  • election


For the purpose of constructing or purchasing or acquiring necessary reservoir sites, reservoirs, water rights, canals, ditches, and works and of acquiring the necessary property and rights therefor; for the assumption of indebtedness to the United States or for entering into a contract with the United States or any agency thereof or water right owners for district lands; for the purpose of paying the first year’s interest upon the bonds authorized in this article; and for otherwise carrying out the provisions of this article, the board of directors of any such district, as soon after such district has been organized as may be practicable, shall estimate and determine the amount of money necessary to be raised for such purposes and shall forthwith call a special election, at which election shall be submitted to the electors of such district possessing the qualifications prescribed by this article the question of whether or not the bonds of said district shall be issued in the amount so determined and, if applicable, whether the contract shall be approved.


A notice of such election must be given by posting notices in three public places in each election precinct in said district for at least twenty days and also by publication of such notice in some newspaper published in the county where the office of the board of directors of such district is required to be kept, once a week for at least three successive weeks. Such notice shall specify the time of holding the election, the amount of bonds proposed to be issued, and, if applicable, the dollar amount of the contract to be entered into, and said election must be held and the result thereof determined and declared in all respects as nearly as possible in conformity with the provisions of this article governing the election of officers. No informalities in conducting such election shall invalidate the same if the election shall have been otherwise fairly conducted.


At such election the ballots shall contain the words, if applicable, “Bonds - Yes” or “Bonds - No” or, if applicable, “Contract - Yes” or “Contract - No”, or words equivalent thereto. If a majority of the legal electors who are freeholders and taxpayers or entrymen qualified as provided in this article within said district voting at said election have voted “Bonds - Yes” or “Contract - Yes”, the board of directors shall immediately cause bonds in such amount to be issued and payable in series with such rate of interest as may be required to market said bonds as irrigation district bonds or cause the contract to be executed by the president and the secretary of the district.


The principal and interest shall be payable at the office of the county treasurer of the county in which the organization of the district was effected and at such other place as the board of directors may designate in such bond. Said bonds shall be in denominations as may be determined by the board of directors and shall be negotiable in form, executed in the name of the district, and signed by the president and secretary, and the seal of the district shall be affixed thereto. Bonds deposited with the United States may call for the payment of such interest not exceeding the going rate for irrigation district bonds, may be of such denominations and may call for the repayment of the principal at such times as may be agreed upon between the district and the secretary of the interior, and, where the contract provides, may likewise call for the repayment of the principal at such times as may be agreed upon. Said bonds shall be numbered consecutively as issued and bear date at the time of their issue. Coupons for the interest shall be attached to each bond bearing the lithographed signatures of the president and secretary. Said bonds shall express on their faces that they are issued by the authority of this article, stating its title and date of approval.


The secretary shall keep a record of the bonds sold, their number, date of sale, the price received, and the name of the purchaser; but any such district, by a majority vote of the legal electors of said district voting at said election, may provide for the issuance of bonds that will mature in any number of years less than thirty and arrange for the payment thereof in series. When the money provided by any previous issue of bonds has become exhausted by expenditures authorized therefrom and it becomes necessary to raise additional money for such purposes, additional bonds may be issued by submitting the question at a special election to the qualified voters of said district and otherwise complying with the provisions of this section in respect to an original issue of such bonds. The lien for taxes, for the payment of the interest and principal of any bond issue, or for any indebtedness under any contract with the United States or any agency thereof or another financial institution shall be a prior lien to that of any subsequent bond issue or under subsequent contract.


If a contract is proposed to be made with the United States and bonds are not to be deposited with the United States in connection therewith, the question to be submitted to the voters at such special election is whether a contract shall be entered into with the United States or any agency thereof or any financial institution. The notice of election shall state the maximum amount of money payable to the United States for construction or other purposes, exclusive of penalties and interest, and the water rights and other property, if any, to be conveyed to the United States, any agency thereof, or another financial institution as provided in section 37-41-113. The ballots for such election shall contain the words “Contract with the United States or agency thereof or financial institution - Yes”, and “Contract with the United States or agency thereof or financial institution - No”, or words equivalent thereto.

Source: Section 37-41-117 — Bonds - contract - purposes - election, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-37.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

Irrigation district - organization - purposes
Presentation and allowance of petition
Notice of election - qualifications of electors
Canvass of votes - proclamation
Directors - election - term
Office of board - elections
Directors - secretary - salaries
District treasurer - duties
Duties of election officers
Canvass of votes
Records - vacancy and term of office
Board of directors - duties - contracts - rules
Meetings - duties - eminent domain
Property - title
Conveyances - suits
Bonds - contract - purposes - election
Sale of bonds - proceeds
Bonds - payment - lien
Fiscal year - directors to fix levy
Assessor - assessment
Other taxes must be paid
Special tax levy
Assessment - collection - redemption - deed
Construction - contracts
Claims - audit - payment - financial report
Funds for expenses
Crossing streams, highways, railroads, state lands
Limit of indebtedness - emergency
Insufficient supply - distribution
Compensation for property taken
Boundaries - change - effect
Additional land admitted - petition
Notice of filing - costs
Hearing of petition - assent
Payment of pro rata assessments
Inclusion or rejection of lands - protest
Order - record - effect
Records - evidence
Legal representatives petitioners
Redivision of district - election of officers
Lands may be excluded from district
Petition for exclusion
Notice of filing petition
Hearing of petition
Record - effect
Division of districts
Dissolution of district - election
Canvass - record
Judicial examination of bonds and contracts
Petition for judicial examination
Notice of hearing
Answer - pleading
Determination - costs
Sale of realty not needed
President to execute deeds
Proceeds - where paid
Findings of board conclusive
Single election precincts
Green check means up to date. Up to date

Current through Fall 2024

§ 37-41-117’s source at colorado​.gov