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MHFD was established by the Colorado legislature in 1969 to assist local governments in the Denver metropolitan area with multi-jurisdictional drainage and flood control challenges. MHFD covers an area of 1,608 square miles that includes Denver, parts of the six surrounding counties, and 35 incorporated cities and towns. MHFD focuses its resources on over 1,600 miles of major streams and serves a population of approximately 2.8 million.
Upon creation of MHFD, the Colorado legislature authorized a taxing mill levy of 1.0 mill. Through the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (an amendment to the Colorado Constitution), the taxing authority has been reduced to approximately 0.56 mill. Taxes collected are returned to the communities in each county pro rata in the form of planning studies, capital improvement projects, flood hazard mapping and warning systems, stream rehab.