A HIGH-LEVEL OVERVIEW OF COUNTY SERVICES, GOALS AND PERFORMANCE
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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%
We are pleased to present our annual report to the Larimer County community. It summarizes the services your county government provides
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
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
Linda Hoffmann County Manager 970.498.7004 (direct)
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
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
$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
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.
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
Over $436million will be collected and distributed to the various taxing authorities in Larimer County throughout 2016.
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
• 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
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 %
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
10 HAVE 5+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HAVE 10+ YEARS OF PROSECUTORIAL EXPERIENCE
26% FELONY FILINGS
34% DRUG CASE FILINGS 2015 è 2016
2015 è 2016
LARIMER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (LCSO) QUICK STATS
COMMUNICATIONS CENTER CALLS FOR SERVICE
AVERAGE JAIL POPULATION GROWTH INCREASE 535
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
DUID (DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS) ARRESTS
14% INCREASE OF OVER 3 YEARS
HOW ARE WE DOING?
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
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
Participants Still Employed After 6 Months
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.
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
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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