2015-2016 Larimer County Community Report

A HIGH-LEVEL OVERVIEW OF COUNTY SERVICES, GOALS AND PERFORMANCE

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LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONERS

WELCOME TO OUR THIRD ANNUAL COMMUNITY REPORT! We’re proud to offer you this window into Larimer County services, goals and performance. Inside, our Spotlight Feature highlights the 2016 Employee Innovation Awards, a program to recognize and encourage innovation. These improvements come from Larimer County’s most important asset – our employees – who are always searching for innovative, groundbreaking or novel ways to deliver services to Larimer County citizens every day. At Larimer County, we are committed to excellence, and welcome your feedback and input year round! Contact us at bocc@larimer.org or visit us online at larimer.org/bcc .

(from left) Lew Gaiter III, District 1; Steve Johnson, District 2; Tom Donnelly, District 3

STAY ENGAGED LARIMER.ORG/BOCC • Monthly Informal Commissioner Citizen Meetings • Boards and Commissions • LC 101 – Citizen Academy • LCA – Larimer County Academy • Public Meetings • Email Alert Subscriptions

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Cliff Riedel District Attorney

Irene Josey Treasurer

Justin Smith Sheriff

Steve Miller Assessor

Angela Myers Clerk & Recorder

James A. Wilkerson IV M.D., Coroner

Chad Washburn Surveyor

LETTER FROM THE COUNTY MANAGER

2016 BUDGET SUMMARY HOW COUNTY MONEY IS SPENT Public Safety Services: 28% Community Resources, Infrastructure & Planning: 28% Human & Economic Services: 25%

6%

We are pleased to present our annual report to the Larimer County community. It summarizes the services your county government provides

13%

28%

25%

Strategic Leadership & Administration: 13% Public Records & Information Services: 6% Total Operating Budget: $254M SOURCES OF COUNTY REVENUE Internal Charges, Sale of Assets & Transfers: 26% Property Taxes: 26% Federal, State & Municipal Revenue: 21% Sales & Use Taxes: 11% Charges for Services (External): 9% Use of Fund Balance: 3% Licenses & Permits: 2% Interest Earnings & All Other: 2% Total Revenue – All Sources*: $410M * Includes transfers between departments and non-operational government funds

28%

to residents in incorporated cities and towns and in rural areas. In each cat- egory of services, we’ve included per- formance measures that report our outcomes and efforts over time. We welcome your feedback and sugges- tions regarding County services to help us fulfill our commitment to excellence!

3% 2% 2%

of the total you pay in property taxes. The rest goes to schools, cities, and special districts. 28% The County keeps approximately

9%

26%

11%

Linda Hoffmann County Manager 970.498.7004 (direct)

21%

26%

Cover Photo: Loveland Reservoir, Berthoud

COMMUNITY RESOURCES, INFRASTRUCTURE & PLANNING SERVICES QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE, CONSCIENTIOUS PLANNING

FUNDING FOR I-25 EXPANSION New managed lanes in each direction from Fort Collins to Loveland. Construction tentatively starts in 2017.

SERVICES • Building Inspections •  Community Planning and Development •  County Parks, Open Spaces and Trails • Engineering •  Landfill and Solid Waste Management •  Road and Bridge Maintenance and Repair • Rural Land Use • The Ranch

6%

11%

WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM $167M CDOT State Funds, including up to $50 million in tolls $30M Federal Funds $25M Public Entity and Local Government Contributions $10M Larimer County Road and Bridge and Mill Levy $6M Centerra Metropolitan District $2M City of Fort Collins

$2M City of Loveland $2M Weld County $1M Town of Johnstown $1M Town of Windsor $500K Town of Berthoud $500K Town of Timnath

13%

70%

$15M TIGER Grant - Federal $237M TOTAL

HOW ARE WE DOING? % of Building Inspection Requests Completed in One Day

HISTORIC FARMLAND & WATER RIGHTS PRESERVED A 211-acre farm southwest of Berthoud, including its valuable water rights, was purchased to conserve its agricultural, historic, scenic, community buffer and educational values. The Overland Trail once crossed its fields. The farm was partially funded with Help Preserve Open Spaces sales and use tax funds. DEVIL’S BACKBONE OPEN SPACE

2014 98% 2013 98% PERFORMANCE MEASURE 98% 2015

SPOTLIGHT! INNOVATION AWARD: LARIMER FOOTHILLS BISON CONSERVATION HERD Larimer County partnered with the City of Fort Collins, Colorado State University and USDA- APHIS to release a herd of bison to the shortgrass prairie of Red Mountain Open Space and Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, with the greater intent to contribute the bison to other conservation herds in the U.S.

106,130 VISITORS IN 2014

REGIONAL WASTESHED COALITION

LANDFILL COLLECTION IN CUBIC YARDS

1.1M

As the regional population grows, so does the amount of waste. With the Larimer County Landfill closing/ reaching capacity within 10 years, the Co- alition is focused on creating an effective and sustainable solid waste management strategy for the future.

1M

916K

852K

766K

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

PUBLIC RECORDS AND INFORMATION SERVICES

OPEN DATA, TRANSPARENT PROCESSES

SPOTLIGHT! INNOVATION AWARD: ONLINE VEHICLE REGISTRATION The online Book a Time appointment system reduced vehicle registration wait times to less than 5 minutes with an appointment in 2016. larimer.org/vehiclelicensing

SERVICES • Birth and Death Certificates •  Elections and Voter Registration • Marriage Licenses •  Property Value Assessment and Tax Collection • Public Records • Vehicle Registration

DID YOU KNOW?

HOW ARE WE DOING? Average Lobby Wait Time - Vehicle Licensing larimer.org/waittime

Issued by the Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment in 2015.

The Treasurer’s Office mailed 152,424 property tax statements.

2014 31.6 minutes 2013 39.1 minutes 2015 16 minutes

9,185

19,031

Over $436million will be collected and distributed to the various taxing authorities in Larimer County throughout 2016.

DEATH CERTIFICATES

BIRTH CERTIFICATES

PERFORMANCE MEASURE

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP, ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

ENGAGED SERVICE, EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT

Do you love living in Larimer County? How about applying for a job and working for us! Jobs

SERVICES • Budgeting & Finance • Human Resources •  Fleet Services • Facilities

WE’RE HIRING!

• County Attorney •  Performance Measurement • Strategic Planning • Technology

range from inside office jobs requiring advanced education to entry level jobs out on work sites. Check out our constant- ly changing jobs webpage and apply today! larimer.org/jobs

HOW ARE WE DOING?

SPOTLIGHT! INNOVATION AWARD: LARIMER COUNTY ATLAS Larimer County’s new online platform is a single source of financial information for staff. Analyzing and managing different funds and budgets has never been so easy; it contributes to our commitment to trans- parency and assures fiscal responsibility on behalf of our citizens.

Disaster Expenditures Reimbursed

KEEPING EMPLOYEES SAFE

44.5M 70.5M

FUNDS SPENT

Safety at work is good for employees, good for our community and saves taxpayer dollars. For the past three years, the County has maintained a worker’s compensation injury ratio of .88 -.68. “1” is the industry standard; anything below “1” is a job well done!

REIMBURSED FUNDS REIMBURSED FUNDS %

63.1%

PERFORMANCE MEASURE

PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES SAFE COMMUNITIES, IMPARTIAL JUSTICE

SERVICES •  Alternative Sentencing •  Community Corrections •  Crime Statistics & Reporting • District Attorney •  Emergency Management • Investigations • Coroner • Jail • Rural Patrol •  Wildland Fire Management • Disaster Recovery

You may feel like you are on the set of “CSI,” but you are really at the Larimer County Coroner’s Office. The Coroner’s Office incorporates the fields of medicine and forensic science to investigate any sudden and unexpected death, or those deaths that occur under violent or suspicious circumstances. In 2015, there were 1,200 death investiga- tions and 238 autopsies performed. The Larimer County Medical Examiner’s Office is an accredited Medical Examiner’s Office. This is a stringent accreditation of over 250 requirements.

REAL LIFE CSI CORONER/MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE

Deputies connect with Berthoud resi- dents regularly to help learn about cit- izen concerns and share LCSO’s public safety efforts. LCSO’S BERTHOUD SQUAD’S COFFEE WITH A COP

DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

23

10 HAVE 5+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HAVE 10+ YEARS OF PROSECUTORIAL EXPERIENCE

35

26% FELONY FILINGS

34% DRUG CASE FILINGS 2015 è 2016

ATTORNEYS

2015 è 2016

LARIMER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (LCSO) QUICK STATS

COMMUNICATIONS CENTER CALLS FOR SERVICE

AVERAGE JAIL POPULATION GROWTH INCREASE 535

56,764

Wellness Court provides a sentencing option with judicial oversight for of- fenders with mental illness. In the first six months of 2016, 45 qualifying clients were assisted with treatments that consider the whole person. WELLNESS COURT

15% THAT’S A INCREASE

65,443

483

DUID (DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS) ARRESTS

14% INCREASE OF OVER 3 YEARS

HOW ARE WE DOING?

434

209 (114 marijuana) (114 marijuana) 190

239 (151 marijuana)

Successful Completion of Work Release Program

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BY THE NUMBERS

2014 87% 2013 86% 2015 88%

27 jurisdictions signed the new Larimer Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

8 trainings for Larimer County employees on the Larimer Prepared Program

500 attendees at the annual Emergency Preparedness & Family Safety Expo in 2015

7 community preparedness workshops held in 2016

PERFORMANCE MEASURE

HUMAN AND ECONOMIC HEALTH SERVICES HEALTHY PEOPLE, THRIVING ECONOMY

RESOURCES HELP SENIORS AGING AT HOME The Office on Aging provides services to seniors to help them “age in place” in our community. The Voucher Program allows qualified seniors to receive services such as home maintenance and repairs, lawn care, snow removal, homemaker services, personal care assistance, dental care and hearing aids. larimer.org/seniors $253,800 VALUE OF ALL SERVICES PROVIDED 334 SENIORS SERVED IN 2015

SERVICES • Adult Protective Services • Air Quality Monitoring and Education • Child Care Assistance • Child Protection and Foster Care • Child Support • Communicable Disease Control • Economic Development • Extension Office • Food Stamps/Food Assistance • Health Education • Immunizations • Medicaid

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES In 2016, the Economic Devel- opment Office and its commu- nity partners signed a County “code of ethics” and agreed to work together to promote the northern Colorado area as a single economic entity.

• Resources for Seniors • Restaurant Inspections

• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families • Water Quality Regulation and Inspection • Workforce Training and Counseling

HOW ARE WE DOING?

MEDICAL COVERAGE The Department of Human Services facilitates qualifying citizens to attain health care for themselves and their children. The office con- tinues to see an increased number of clients, yet we are processing applications more quickly year to year.

% of Workforce Center Previously-Laid-Off

TOTAL MEDICAID CASES

% OF APPLICATIONS PROCESSED TIMELY

TOTAL MEDICAID $$ SPENT IN COMMUNITY

YEAR

Participants Still Employed After 6 Months

2013

17,894

95%

$161M

2014

41,220

96%

$219M

SPOTLIGHT! INNOVATION AWARD: Human Services and Community Health worked with partners and created an online resource of ser- vices and organizations that help preschoolers who have behavior or health concerns.

2015

54,300

98%

$264M

2014 92% 2013 89% 2015 92%

WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN PROGRAM (WIC) 2015 VALUE OF WIC CHECKS FOR HEALTHY FOODS REDEEMED IN LARIMER COUNTY GROCERY STORES

PERFORMANCE MEASURE

Department of Natural Resources, Junior Ranger Guide, meritorious award from National Association of County Information Officers Department of Economic Develop- ment, Economic Development Week Campaign, Excellence in Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council

Department of Natural Resources, Pinewood Reservoir Recreation Improvements Project, Starburst Award from Colorado Lottery Stephen Gillette, Director of Solid Waste was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission Gary Darling, Director of Criminal Justice was appointed to the Re-entry Subcommittee of the Governor’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice

Clerk & Recorder’s Spirit Committee raised more than $8,500 for Realities for Children

District Attorney’s Office supports Santa Cops, CASA

and Voices Carry. Staff serves in volunteer leadership positions, fundraises and hosts activities that benefit children Vehicle Licensing and Recording staff raised funds and needed supplies for the Larimer Humane Society, House of Neighborly Services, Murphy Center, United Way, and ChildSafe

and Neighbor to Neighbor County employees, raised

$12,400 and 1,600 lbs. of food in 2015 for the Food Bank for Larimer County Treasurer’s Office employees raised and donated more than $2,500 to local charities in 2015

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