Working in coordination with all Cities the County crafted a Jail Facility Financing and Use Agreement (JFFUA) in which all parties approved by city and county council action in June and July of 2017. This document will determine the long term financing for this critical project pending a voter approved ballot measure to fund the construction of a new Jail. The cost of a new Sheriff's Office is not included in the JFFUA and will be funded separately by Whatcom County.
In coordination with the approval of the JFFUA, Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham crafted and entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to ensure the continued support of incarceration prevention and reduction programs. The Parties agreed to recognize and fully support the goals of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force (IPRTF) and commit over $30 Million dollars over 30 years to incarceration prevention and reduction programs.