Special Districts

Sometimes referred to as “invisible government”, special districts are the fastest growing sector of government. Special districts have certain essential characteristics. They are organized entities, possessing a structural form, an official name, perpetual succession, and the rights to sue and be sued, to make contracts and to obtain and dispose of property. They have officers who are popularly elected or are chosen by other public officials. General governments usually are partisan, while special districts are non-partisan. Unlike most other governments or full service governments, special districts usually provide only one or two functions. The U.S. Bureau of the Census defines special districts as: “independent, limited purpose government units, which exist as separate entities with substantial administrative and fiscal independence from general purpose local governments.” Typical examples of special districts are school districts, irrigation districts, hospital districts, fire districts, water conservancy districts, weed control districts, improvement districts, lighting districts and special authorities for transportation, harbor development, warehousing, etc. 


Special District Governing Board

District Contact & Meeting Information

For current governing board members of a special district contact Elections/Special Districts.

For a Special District to update contact information/governing board member name, use our convenient  online form.


Open Meeting Laws

Special District formation Process

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