Little Thompson Water District - (970) 532-2096
Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District - (303) 833-2742
Weld County Government - (970) 400-4000
Please view amenity frequently asked questions about Barefoot Lakes, The Cove, community trails and parks on the Amenity FAQs page.
Many answers to your questions can be found here. Please note, you must be a registered user and logged in to view detailed information about The Cove programming, reservations, and access card information.
The Fee Schedule, Frequently Asked Questions, and access to your online account can be found on the Payments page.
Trash removal service is not provided by the Districts or included in the Districts’ general operations fee paid by owners. The preferred Trash Removal provider is Waste Connections out of Erie Colorado who will be offering special discounts to residents of the District. Having one Trash Removal provider will also eliminate heavy truck traffic in the neighborhood on different days causing wear and tear on streets and eliminating trash cans sitting out on the curb several different days during the week. Waste Connections pick-up day is Wednesday. Contact Waste Connections to set up trash services by contacting them at:
Waste Connections (303) 288-2100
The Residential Improvement Guidelines and Site Restrictions (the “Guidelines”) are intended to assist Owners living in the Barefoot Lakes Community (the “Community”) in implementing landscaping and other Improvements to their property. The Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Barefoot Lakes (the “Covenants”) require that prior approval from the Architectural Review Committee (the “ARC”), be granted before the construction, erection, placement, alteration, planting, application, installation or modification of any Improvement upon any Lot shall be made after the initial construction of the home on the Lot. In order to assist Owners, the ARC desires to establish certain pre-approved designs for several types of Improvements and to exempt certain Improvements from the requirement for approval. The full Guidelines and the Landscape Guideline booklet containing the guidelines established by the ARC can be found at:
Please review the Homeowner Landscape Guidelines, under the Design Review tab on the website for further fence installation specification and maintenance details. All fences constructed on a lot by the builder, developer, or owner shall be maintained, repaired, and replaced by the owner of such lot.
High Plains Environmental Center is contracted by St. Vrain Lakes Metropolitan District No. 1 to assist in the establishment and ongoing management of Barefoot Lakes service areas native landscaped areas. Please view more information at the following links:
Native Area Management Presentation
Natural Areas Management Plan
The District was formed for the purpose of providing public infrastructure and improvements needed to serve the Community. The developer understood that the Town of Firestone did not consider it feasible or practicable to provide services and there were not any other entities in existence which had the ability and/or desire to undertake the design, financing, construction, and operation and maintenance of the improvements which were needed for the Community to be developed and sustained.
Improvements or public infrastructure such as water main lines, wastewater main lines, streets, storm water facilities and landscape improvements were built within the Community to allow/accommodate the homes to be constructed in the Community. Some of the new public infrastructure will be dedicated to the Town of Firestone for perpetual ownership and maintenance. The other improvements will remain the responsibility of the District to operate and maintain.
A portion of property taxes are paid to the District for repayment of debt for costs associated with the public infrastructure projects, and a portion are paid towards the ongoing maintenance of the public infrastructure owned and maintained by the District.
The District is largely funded through the same mechanism as the local Town, County, School, Fire and Library Districts. That is, through the process of assessing mill levies on the assessed property values within its boundaries, it collects “property taxes.”
There are several pieces to the collection of property taxes. 1) The allowable mill levy is based on the mill levy guidelines stated in the Service Plan approved by the Town of Firestone and the mill levy needed to fund voter-approved spending. The assessment rate or percentage at which the property is assessed is a factor, as the Colorado Legislature may adjust the assessment rate from time to time. 2) The mill levy is determined by calculating the District’s funding needs for operation and debt service.
The total 65 mills is broken down into two funds for the District, 55 mills is dedicated to the debt service fund paying on bonds issued in 2017 that have financed the public infrastructure in St. Vrain Lakes Metropolitan District No. 2. The remaining 10 mills goes towards operations of the public assets.
The District adjusts the mills levied to account for the reduction in the RAR, but only to collect the same revenue if the RAR was kept at the rate when the mill levy cap was approved which was 7.96%.
To view the full calculation breakdown since 2016 please view more information here
To view the Building a Better Colorado Understanding Your Property Taxes click here
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