• 17 minutes

Public Finance Alternatives to Meet Challenges


There are various types of special taxing districts, which are typically creatures of state law.

Constitutional and statutory tax, revenue and spending limits on state and local governments gave rise to the need for special taxing districts that are consistent with demands that “growth pay its own way”. Special districts filled the gap in ability to finance public infrastructure and provide municipal services and have the critical ability to issue tax-exempt municipal bonds. Urban renewal and other authorities have been organized and governed by municipality. They have broader authority to promote economic development activities and provide development incentives. Privately imposed fees are another alternative to public financing. Learn about these three options and how to meet the challenges that come with them. 

Runtime: 16 minutes



Mary Jo Dougherty

Mary Jo Dougherty

McGeady Becher P.C.

  • Shareholder at McGeady Becher P.C.
  • More than 25 years’ experience in the areas of special district, real estate and municipal finance law
  • Achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Serves on Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Board of Directors
  • Frequent speaker on public finance and development at conferences and continuing legal education seminars
  • J.D. degree, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives
Kathy Kanda

Kathy Kanda

McGeady Becher P.C.

  • Special Counsel, McGeady Becher P.C.
  • Represents special districts utilizing variety of public finance mechanisms in complex development projects
  • Serves on Colorado Health Facilities Authority Board of Directors
  • Prior career in state government working on tax, natural resource management and land use policy initiatives and programs
  • Selected to 2010 Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star list
  • J.D. degree, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives

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