Ritoro Metro District seeks board candidates

Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 28

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 2/14/20

Three members of the Ritoro Metropolitan District board of directors will reach the end of their term this year, leaving vacancies on the board. Board members Holly Robinson, Scott Marshall and …

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Ritoro Metro District seeks board candidates

Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 28

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Three members of the Ritoro Metropolitan District board of directors will reach the end of their term this year, leaving vacancies on the board. Board members Holly Robinson, Scott Marshall and Shelley Marshall's terms expire in May, and the board is seeking qualified candidates to fill their positions to help manage the debt and budget of the district.

“The primary function of the district right now is to service the debt for the district,” said Kurt Schlegel, district manager for the Ritoro district. “We issued some bonds to put some infrastructure in, so we're overseeing the payments and budget for the district.”

Schlegel said there are about 100 homes in the district southwest of central Elizabeth, with about 250 anticipated when the development is completed. Water, sanitation and common space maintenance are taken care of by the Town of Elizabeth.

Candidates must be a property owner within the district boundaries and be a registered voter in Colorado. Self-nomination and acceptance forms must be filed with the district before end of business on Feb. 28. Affidavit of intent to be a write-in candidate forms must be submitted to the office of the district before 5 p.m. March 2. The election will be held May 5. The office is at 2370 Antelope Ridge Trail in Parker.

According to Schlegel, if three or fewer nominations are submitted, the district will appoint those three candidates and forgo an election. If four or more candidates are interested, the district will continue with the regular election. The district's 2020 budget certifies approximately $150,000 from mill levies to be managed.

“We're looking for people who would be interested in serving their community and being involved in the process,” said Schlegel. “The time commitment varies, with mandatory meetings at least two times per year.”

Candidates who self-nominate, need to have their form witnessed by a registered voter. Schlegel will verify the candidate status, then the witness voter information before approving the form.

“We all pay taxes, and metropolitan districts are part of local government,” said Schlegel. “People living in the district have the opportunity to take part in what's going on in their neighborhoods.”

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