Douglas County apologizes for mill levy certification error

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Mill Levy Certification Hotline created to answer taxpayer questions.

Approximately 7,600 residential and commercial property owners in Acres Green, portions of Lone Tree and the Province and Province Center neighborhoods in Douglas County will soon receive a corrected property tax statement, as these taxpayers were under-charged due to a clerical error by the Douglas County Budget staff on the 2018 Mill Levy Certification.

The County erroneously omitted a portion of the South Suburban Park and Recreation District (SSPRD) mill levy on the Certification. This omission resulted in a negative impact of $5,589,802 in SSPRD operating revenue.

“On behalf of the County Budget Department, I apologize to the impacted taxpayers and to the District for our error and the concern this has created,” said Doug DeBord, County Manager.

The process associated with correcting the error that will ensure that SSPRD will receive all the money the District is due, begins with approval of a corrected mill levy certification by the Board of Douglas County Commissioners. Following the Board’s approval, the County Assessor’s Office will make corrections to the tax warrant for all affected property owners and submit this information to the County Treasurer’s Office, after which all affected property owners will receive a corrected billing, with an apology and explanation of the County’s error.

Douglas County anticipates that the average homeowner impact will be $311.00 based on the average home value of $579,745.

What should the impacted taxpayer expect?

·       If you have a mortgage and escrow your property taxes, the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office will notify your mortgage holder directly of the corrected taxes due and the mortgage holder will pay the additional amount due.

·       If you pay your own property taxes you will be billed directly for the corrected taxes, due on or before June 15, 2019 – whether your taxes have already been paid in part or in full.

To make it easier for these questions and more to be resolved, Douglas County has created a South Suburban Mill Levy Certification hotline:  720-733-6922, where staff will be available to answer questions Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 For additional information please visit Certification of Tax Levies

“Our omission led to property owners receiving an incomplete property tax statement in 2019,” continued Mr. DeBord. “From the moment we were notified by SSPRD on March 8, our objective was to identify – from the statutory to the procedural – what would be required to make it right,” DeBord said.

He also noted that the South Suburban Park and Recreation District was timely and accurate with their certification to the Board of County Commissioners and this error is not the result of any action by the District.

Audition Call: Teen Actors Wanted For Youth Commission Mental Health Event

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ATTENTION ALL YOUNG ACTORS

Are you a young performer? Whether you’re in theater at your high school or participate in other plays, we’d love for you to be a part of the Lone Tree Youth Commission’s “It’s Not Nothing” mental health skit.

The Lone Tree Youth Commission is hosting a mental health awareness event at the Lone Tree Arts Center on May 16th. On this night, we will be addressing the serious mental health issues that our generation is facing. This night will include a 15 min. skit (put on by you!) and multiple speakers, all accompanied by a brief presentation. Through the skit we will display a variety of situations and offer multiple perspectives on issues such as depression, anxiety, suicide, etc.

Auditions will be on Wednesday, March 6th at the City Municipal Building (9220 Kimmer Dr) with audition slots ranging between 6pm-7:30pm.

If you are interested and would like to be a part of this, please RSVP Here

We will respond with more details - including the script!

Event Details:

When? Thursday, May 16th (evening)

Where? Lone Tree Arts Center

Who? The Lone Tree Youth Commission is made up of 7 high schoolers in the city of Lone Tree. We are the youth advisers to our city council, and the advocates/representatives of the teenagers in our community. Each year, we pick a certain topic or group to support. Click here to learn more about us and check out what we did last year.

What? On this night, we will be addressing the serious mental health issues that our generation is facing. We will display a variety of situations and offer multiple perspectives on issues such as depression, anxiety, suicide, etc. This night will include a skit (put on by you!) and multiple speakers, all accompanied by a brief presentation.

Lone Tree Welcomes Kiewit Regional Office to RidgeGate

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1,100 employee campus to be located adjacent to the new SkyRidge Light Rail Station

Lone Tree – Thursday, February 7 Kiewit, one of the largest construction and engineering companies in North America, has chosen Lone Tree, Colorado as the site for its new Regional Office.

Located adjacent to the new Sky Ridge Light Rail Station, opening on May 17, the new Kiewit campus will house 1,100 employees including approximately 200 planned new hires over the next year.

“The City of Lone Tree is thrilled to welcome Kiewit into the RidgeGate master planned development at Sky Ridge Station,” said Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet.  “This project is an exciting addition to our vibrant business community, and validates the City’s investments in our multimodal transportation network and arts, recreation and open space amenities.”

Kiewit employees will also benefit from access to the City’s new app-based transit service, Link on Demand, providing door-to-door shuttle service throughout the community.

The project is the culmination of a collaborative effort by Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the Metro Denver EDC, the City of Lone Tree, Douglas County, the Denver South Economic Development Partnership, and RidgeGate Investments.

“RidgeGate is honored that Kiewit has chosen this growing community as its future home,” said Keith Simon, Executive Vice President of Coventry Development Corp., RidgeGate’s developer. “Kiewit’s project is exactly the kind of corporate campus and partner for which we have been holding out this premier transit-oriented site and we believe Kiewit will benefit from RidgeGate’s mixed-use walkable environment and transportation accessibility.”

The regional office in Colorado provides Kiewit with increased access to the nation’s second most educated workforce.  Its location in Lone Tree also provides the company with incredible access to talent, transportation infrastructure, and amenities in a premier Metro Denver community.  They join Charles Schwab, Sky Ridge Medical Center, and the Park Meadows Retail Resort, among others, in Lone Tree’s diverse and growing business environment. 

For questions contact Jeff Holwell, Economic Development Director, at jeff.holwell@cityoflonetree.com.

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Lone Tree to Relaunch Link On Demand Service with Major Upgrades

Upgrades made based on data, feedback collected during pilot phase

Upgrades made based on data, feedback collected during pilot phase

More than a year after partnering with Uber to provide free, on-demand rides within City limits, the City of Lone Tree is rolling out an upgraded version of its Link On Demand transit service on Monday, Feb. 4.

“Our commitment to a visionary transportation network pushed us to think outside the box, and that’s how we became the first city in the nation to form this type of partnership with Uber,” said Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet.  “We knew there was a great demand for this type of service, and out pilot program confirmed that.”

During the pilot phase, which launched in August 2017, Link On Demand provided more than 20,000 rides in Lone Tree to major employers like Charles Schwab, Sky Ridge Medical Center and Park Meadows Retail Resort, as well as the library, recreation center and Lone Tree Arts Center.

“By partnering with Uber, we optimized the infrastructure we already had and used the opportunity to collect data necessary to make updates to our on-demand transit service,” said Millet.  “With Link On Demand, we are providing more transportation options and reducing congestion, which are a top priorities for our residents and businesses.”

The upgraded Link On Demand service features a new app, call-ahead ride scheduling and overall better service.

To use, riders must download the new Link On Demand app available on Apple App and Google Play stores.  Once downloaded, riders simply enter their origin and destination within City limits, and they’ll be picked up in one of the City’s branded 12-passenger, wheelchair accessible, family-friendly shuttles driven by professional drivers. Riders can also request their rides by calling 720-990-0176. Hours of service are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The public is invited to join Mayor Jackie Millet, Council and City staff in celebrating the relaunch of Link On Demand on Monday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St.

For more information, click here.

Want to volunteer on our Teen Court? Sign up for Upcoming General Legal Training!

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This training is designed to:

  • familiarize new volunteers with the concept of Teen Court;

  • teach skills necessary to be an effective Teen Court volunteer;

  • foster respect and team work among the Teen Court volunteers;

  • teach the principles of restorative justice;

  • build public speaking abilities and critical thinking skills;

  • practice skills and concepts to instill confidence and professionalism.  

All volunteers that join Teen Court must complete General Legal Training in full before serving as a member of a Peer Panel.  

Upcoming Training Dates:

Saturday, February 2 & 9

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Municipal Building (Juniper Room)

9220 Kimmer Drive

Lone Tree

 For more information, call 720-509-1265 or email teencourt@cityoflonetree.com.

City of Lone Tree Welcomes New Director of Public Works and Mobility

Colorado native Justin Schmitz   brings vast experience and innovation

Colorado native Justin Schmitz brings vast experience and innovation

The City of Lone Tree welcomed a new Director of Public Works and Mobility last month to transition into the role previously held by John Cotten, who retires in February 2019 after nearly three decades with the City.

Colorado native Justin Schmitz joined Lone Tree in November after serving as City Traffic Engineer for the City and County of Denver.

“Lone Tree is a growing, thriving city that provides a good balance between urban and suburban contexts,” said Schmitz.  “I believe it’s going to be a leader in new technology and city building, and I’m excited to be a part of its future.”

Schmitz hit the ground running from day one and is already leading his team on major projects such as expansion of RidgeGate Parkway, which is set to start next year, the installation of Adaptive signal technology, and enhancing mobility in Lone Tree.                                                    

Schmitz earned his civil engineering degree from Colorado State University. In his free time, he can be found skiing with his family, shuttling kids to and from events, and—whenever possible—celebrating a Denver Broncos victory. 

Small Cell Wireless Facilities: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

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Given our increasing daily use of wireless communication and a recent law passed by the Colorado Legislature, the City of Lone Tree and neighboring municipalities will be allowing the installation of small cell wireless facilities in the area. Here are the most common FAQs to help you better understand any impact it may have to your community.

Q: What is a small cell wireless facility?

A: A small cell wireless facility is part of a larger network that provides cellular service to smartphones, tablets and other cellular devices. The facilities are called “small cell” because they provide low-powered signals to complement a larger cellular network. They have a shorter range and use smaller equipment than larger cellular towers.

Q: What are the benefits of small cell facilities in our community?

A: Small cell facilities are critical to faster and more consistent connectivity. The demand for cellular service is increasing exponentially as people become more dependent upon high-quality cellular service for personal, business and public safety communications, as well as for entertainment.

Q: Where can service providers install these facilities?

A: In 2017, the Colorado state legislature passed a law requiring cities to allow construction of small cell facilities in the City’s right of way (ROW). The ROW is a City-owned strip of land that includes the street, sidewalk and oftentimes a few feet beyond the sidewalk.

Q: Can the City prohibit small cell facilities in City-owned right of way?

A: No. The 2017 state law requires the City to accommodate these facilities in the ROW.

Q: Can the City determine the number, size or design of these facilities?

A: Under current state and federal law, the City has limited ability to regulate these facilities. For example, the City of Lone Tree’s ordinance limits the distance (600 feet) between new facilities, the height (40 feet) and the color.

Q: What will they look like?

A: The City is working with providers to install free-standing poles with a limited profile or poles designed to be integrated with street lights. To date, all proposals have been for 30-foot free-standing poles. The poles are either black or green, depending on the colors of street light or traffic signal poles in the immediate neighborhood.

Q: Can the City consider the effect on property values?

A: No. Because of state and federal regulations, the City cannot consider the effect a new wireless installation may have on adjacent property values. 

Still have questions? Contact the City Manager’s Office or Public Works Department at 303-708-1818.

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Join LTPD for Coffee with a Cop

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Come chat with members of the Lone Tree Police Department while enjoying a cup of coffee! Drop by to ask questions, share concerns or simply get to know your LTPD officers better. For more information, contact Ofc. Kris Larson at 303.339.8150 or kris.larson@cityoflonetree.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Monk & Mongoose Gourmet Coffee

9580 RidgeGate Pkwy.

Lone Tree, CO