Whatcom County Charter Amendment (November 2011)
This measure was approved
- YES 36,888 (60.95%)
- NO 23,635 (39.05%)
This measure sought to create an independent salary commission in the county in order to fix the salary compensation given to county elected officials. Currently the County Council set the salaries for elected officials, county officials believe an independent commission would be more transparent to residents. Since this was approved, the commission will consist of ten members, six will be randomly selected from county residents who are registered to vote and will be able to decide to serve or not. The other four members will be nominated by County Executive and will then need approval by the council.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|The Whatcom County Council has proposed an amendment to the Whatcom County Charter concerning establishment of an independent salary commission. This measure would establish an independent salary commission to fix the compensation of Whatcom County elected officials, subject to a referendum by the people. Should this proposal be approved?|
- Whatcom County Elections, Current Election Results
- Whatcom County Elections, November Sample Ballot
- the Bellingham Herald, "Whatcom County proposal to create salary commission might go on November ballot," June 23, 2011
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.