General Government Metrics


General Fund Rev vs Expenditures 2012-2015

Revenues and expenditures associated with the delivery of services by county agencies funded mainly by property taxes, sales taxes, charges & fees, grants, interest income and other miscellaneous sources.  The General Fund is the largest of Whatcom County funds. It finances most general governmental services including the legislative, executive and judicial branches of county government. It also finances law enforcement, public defense, prosecution, county civil representation, health, parks, land use planning, building inspection, property assessment, tax collection, recording, and vehicle licensing.

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General Fund Sales Tax YTD though December

Whatcom County receives one percentage point of the retail sales tax collected in the unincorporated areas and .15 percentage points of retail sales tax collected in the incorporated areas.  The county also levies a .1% criminal justice sales tax. Ten percent of the funds collected are received by the county with the other ninety percent being distributed based on population of the cities and unincorporated areas.

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Human Resources

County Government Employees Turnover Rate by Year

Whatcom County has a very stable workforce with net turnover averaging 7.5% per year.

Turnover measures use the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) positions authorized by the County Council for each year divided by the FTEs who leave employment altogether.  During 2016, 30% of separations were due to retirement.  When positions become vacant, the County often is able to fill them with qualified employees from within the organization.  Roughly 60% of position vacancies are filled by candidates from outside County employment. 
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Human Resources

County Employee Cost Per Training Hour

Whatcom County supports its leaders with monthly training on supervisory topics. Presenters are experts in their field and are often folks who present at statewide, even national events. Knowledgeable, skilled leaders create a positive work environment and reduce organizational risk.  We also offer sessions annually for employees on topics of county-wide interest.  Providing quality professional development opportunities onsite eliminates travel costs and limits time away from work.

The cost per training hour metric is calculated by dividing the cost of a training session by the number of hours of the training and the number of employees in attendance. Several variables affect year-over-year cost per training hour, such as facilitator fees, availability of internal and external experts at no cost, and attendance levels.  Participants provide feedback so Whatcom County can continually improve satisfaction and quality of its training program.  Whatcom County leverages a relatively small investment into many hours of quality instruction.