Frequently Asked Questions & General Information
1. What are the Winter Farm Metropolitan Districts No. 1 & 2?
Winter Farm Metropolitan Districts Nos. 1 & 2 (the “Districts”) are local governmental entities which were organized in 2000 for purposes of financing, constructing, operating and maintaining certain public improvements and providing certain public services within the boundaries of the Districts to serve the Winter Farm community, as permitted and governed by Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The Districts’ authority to provide public improvements, facilities, and services are further limited by the terms and conditions set forth in the “Consolidated Service Plan for Winter Farm Metropolitan Districts No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3” approved by the Town of Windsor, Colorado, as may be amended from time to time (the “Service Plan”). Specifically, the Service Plan authorizes the Districts to provide a potable and non-potable water system, a wastewater system, streets and traffic safety, storm drainage, and park and recreation facilities to serve the Winter Farm community. Winter Farm Metropolitan District No. 1 may also participate, if prudent, in a public transit system in the Weld County area and in a mosquito control program in the area.
2. Why were there three metropolitan districts for the Winter Farm development?
The use of multiple districts is quite common in developing communities like Winter Farm. The multiple district structure allows for the orderly and methodical development of the community. While there were originally three metropolitan districts serving Winter Farm, Winter Farm Metropolitan District No. 3 has since been dissolved (see question 11). Winter Farm Metropolitan District No. 1 was originally organized as the “Service District” and was responsible for managing the construction and operation of the public facilities and improvements to be located in Winter Farm; however, those responsibilities are in the process of being transferred to Winter Farm Metropolitan District No. 2. Winter Farm Metropolitan District No. 2 is responsible for providing the funding and tax base needed to support the financing of the construction and operation of the facilities and improvements serving Winter Farm and will also be responsible for managing the operation and maintenance of facilities and improvements in Winter Farm (except for those managed by other governmental entities or the Peakview Estates HOA).
3. How are public improvements funded within Winter Farm Metropolitan District No. 1 & 2?
To pay for the costs of constructing, operating and maintaining public improvements and facilities, the Districts have authority to issue bonds and to impose property taxes and other fees, rates, tolls, penalties, or charges on property within the Districts’ boundaries.
4. What is the debt information for the Districts?
As of September 2019, District No. 2 is in the process of refinancing its debt obligations (consisting of a loan from Compass Mortgage Corporation and a promissory note given to the developer of property within District No. 2) through the issuance of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2019.
5. What is the mill levy (property tax) imposed by the Districts?
In 2018 (for collection in 2019), District No. 2 imposed a 50.000 mill levy (consisting of 35 mills for debt service and 15 mills for operations and maintenance) on the property located within the boundaries of District No. 2. District No. 2 is not limited with respect to the mill levy it is permitted to impose, and the mill levy imposed will change from year to year depending on District No. 2’s debt and operation and maintenance funding needs.
6. Have the Districts imposed any fees, rates, tolls, penalties, or charges imposed upon property within the Districts?
The Districts impose an Annual Water Fee of $305 per lot within District No. 2 for non-potable water service and landscape irrigation. The Districts also collect a one-time residential Tap Fee of $3,900 per lot located within the boundaries of District No. 2.
7. How are the Districts governed?
Each District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors. The terms for directors are staggered to provide for the election of two or three directors at each regular special district election. Directors are elected to serve four-year terms. Regular special district elections are held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of May in every even-numbered year.
8. How do I become a candidate to run for the office of director for a District?
Any eligible elector of the each of the Districts interested in running for the office of director in a District must file a self-nomination and acceptance form or letter signed by the candidate and by a registered eligible elector of the District as a witness to the signature of the candidate with the District’s designated election official not less than 67 days before the date of the regular special district election. On the date of signing the self-nomination and acceptance form or letter, a candidate for director of a District must be an “eligible elector” of that District. To be an eligible elector, you must be registered to vote in Colorado and: (I) be a resident of the District for not less than 30 days; or (II) you, or your spouse must own taxable real or personal property within the boundaries of the District or the area to be included in the District, and you must be a registered voter in Colorado. Under Title 32, a person who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property situated within the boundaries of a special district or the area to be included within the special district is considered an “owner” for purposes of qualifying as an eligible elector.
9. What happens if a vacancy occurs on one or more of the Boards of Directors?
In the event of a vacancy on a Board of Directors, the remaining directors may fill the vacancy by appointment. The appointee must be an eligible elector of the District and shall serve until the next regular special district election, at which time, the vacancy shall be filled by election for any remaining unexpired portion of the term. If within sixty days of the occurrence of any vacancy, the Board does not appoint a director from the pool of any duly qualified, willing candidates, the Town Board of the Town of Windsor may fill the vacancy.
10. What operational and maintenance services does the Service District provide?
District No. 1 operates and maintains the non-potable irrigation system and maintains open space and landscaped areas within Winter Farm; however, such operation and maintenance responsibilities are in the process of being transferred to District No. 2.
11. Is the Peakview Estates Homeowners Association part of the Districts?
No. The Peakview Estates Homeowners Association is a Colorado nonprofit corporation, separate and distinct from the Districts. The Association is responsible for enforcing the covenants and providing design review services to the Peakview Estates community (which is located within the boundaries of District No. 2), as provided in that certain Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements for Peakview Estates, recorded on July 13, 2005, in the Weld County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at Reception No. 3302719, recorded against your property. Any questions regarding the Association’s responsibilities and the enforcement of covenants should be directed to the Association’s Board of Directors at PO Box 623, Windsor, CO 80550, www.peakviewhoa.com.
12. What happened to Winter Farm Metro District No. 3?
District No. 3 was dissolved in early 2019 due to its prolonged inactive status.
13. Who manages the day-to-day operations of the District?
The company which has been hired by the Districts’ Boards of Directors to manage the day-to-day business of the Districts is Centennial Consulting Group, LLC, located at 2619 Canton Court, Suite A, in Fort Collins. Please visit the Contact Us page for details on how to get in touch with us.
14. Where can I obtain additional information regarding the Districts?
More information may be obtained by contacting Centennial Consulting Group, LLC at 2619 Canton Court, Suite A, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525, via telephone at (970) 484-0101 ext. 1, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also obtain additional information by attending the Districts’ meetings. The Districts’ meetings are open to the public, at which time you may raise questions regarding any matter related to the activities of the Districts. Please contact CCG for the time and place of the Districts’ meetings.