Registering and Voting
Whatcom County Auditor's Office provides details on registering to vote, upcoming elections, and ballot measures.
2016 Ballot Measures
Bellingham voters will see two local levies on the November ballot: An emergency medical services (EMS) levy and a Greenways IV levy. Here are some facts about these two levies.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy
This is a six-year, 29.5-cent levy that supports coordinated emergency medical services for the entire county, including programmatic, administrative and fiscal proposals developed by the Whatcom County EMS Funding Work Group. The levy is estimated to support the county-wide EMS system of approximately $46 million in services over the next six years. This amount will cost a homeowner with a $250,000 home about $74 per year.
The Bellingham City Council passed a resolution in May 2016 approving of the ballot proposition, stating that the Whatcom County EMS is facing increasing costs and dwindling reserves that will be exhausted by 2017. The Whatcom County Council passed an ordinance placing the levy on the ballot later that month.
More information on this measure is available from the Whatcom County
EMS Executive Oversight Board web page.
Greenways IV Levy
This Bellingham levy would collect up to 50 cents per $1,000 in assessed valuation over a period of seven years. It renews an existing levy that expires in 2016, and it lowers the rate from 57 cents. Levy proceeds will be used for greenways, open space, parks, park facilities and trails. The funds will be used for park property development, park property acquisition and park maintenance and operations consistent with the Park, Recreation, and Open Space plan.
The Bellingham City Council passed a
resolution (PDF) putting this levy on the ballot in June, stating that residents must decide how to shape the future of the City's parks and greenway system. The resolution was passed after numerous citizens, local organizations, and civic leaders expressed support for the continuation of a levy to provide funds for the continuing development, improvement, acquisition, and maintenance of current and future City greenways, open space sites, parks, park facilities and trails.