Currently, only a person who owns property within the territory or proposed expanded territory of a special district is eligible to vote in a special district election. Section 1 of the bill allows a person who owns property within the service area or proposed expanded service area of a special district to vote in a special district election. Section 2 modifies the process by which a special district expands its service area by:
- Allowing a special district to expand its service area into a new county only with the approval of the board of county commissioners of the county and specifying the process by which a special district may obtain such approval; and
- Prohibiting a board of county commissioners from approving a special district's expanded service plan that includes property of a property owner who has not consented to the inclusion of his or her property in the expanded service area.
In lieu of the existing requirement that the lesser of 30% or 200 of the taxpaying electors of a proposed special district sign the petition for organization of the district, section 3 requires a petition for organization of a special district that is a metropolitan district to be signed by the lesser of 90% or 200 of the taxpaying electors of the proposed metropolitan district.