SDAO Programs & Services

Legislative Program
 
legislative   SDAO provides legislative representation and advocacy services on behalf of its members on issues that come before the Oregon Legislature and various state administrative agencies. The majority of these services are performed by SDAO’s Government Affairs staff.  Policy direction and guidance is provided by the SDAO Board of Directors and SDAO’s Legislative Committee which meets twice a month during legislative sessions.  In a typical legislative year, the SDAO Legislative Committee will review and act on approximately 1,000 pieces of legislation, each of which may have an impact on special districts. more...
SDAO Advisory Services, LLC (SDAOAS)
 

  SDAO Advisory Services exclusively serves SDAO members. Members are able to access information about possible options, financial vehicles, and structures to utilize to accomplish financing needs and projects. Advice regarding debt management, debt policy, and financial policy assistance is available as well as assistance with general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, refinancing, tax anticipation notes and any other type of debt financing allowed under Oregon law. more...
Education and Training
 
trainings   SDAO provides training and development programs to meet the continuing education needs of its members. Education programs are offered in response to member input as well as external developments and influences. The Association’s training program is comprised of SDAO trainings, SDAO/Affiliate Association trainings, and trainings sponsored by various organizations made available to the membership through mailings and postings on the training section of the web page. more...
Awards Program
 
    SDAO's Awards Program gives recognition to member districts for accomplishments which allow them to provide better service to the public and honors individuals who have greatly contributed to the success of their organization. These awards celebrate the ingenuity, creativity, and diversity of our members.

Within this program are two special recognition awards; the Outstanding Special District Program award, and the Outstanding Special District Service award. Winning either award is the highest level of professional acknowledgment within the realm of local government today. more...
Internship Grant Program
 

  Each spring, SDAO members are eligible to apply for the Internship Grant Program. The intent of this program is to assist a variety of districts in meeting or improving loss control and best practices, ultimately benefiting both the district and the intern. This grant is not intended to fund routine maintenance needs or normal staffing requirements.more...
Research and Technical Assistance
 
research   SDAO provides its members with a broad range of support services in the areas of research and technical assistance. Staff will do the research required to respond to a member inquiry and will, if appropriate, attempt to resolve the issue. Information developed in this process is retained and used for future reference.

Periodically, members need help in their efforts to interact with state agencies. In this situation, SDAO will gather information on the member’s behalf, identify the appropriate contact agency or staff person, and assist with the communication process. Also, to assist the state and other interested agencies and parties in contacting special districts within Oregon, SDAO maintains and distributes a directory of member special districts and their local contact persons. more...

SDAO Partners

Discount Pricing for SDAO Members through NPPGov
     

  We have partnered with NPPGov to bring you discount pricing on office, facility supplies, ground maintenance, playground equipment and more. more...
Streamline: The Special District Website Engine
     

  SDAO has partnered with Streamline to assist members with website creation and management. Your district has access to a low-cost and easy-to-manage website builder tool that puts the power of website creation and online communication right at your fingertips. more...
Total Employer Cost of Compensation
 
  SDAO has partnered with the Center for Public Service (CPS) at Portland State University to bring you access to a new web-based software that will allow you to easily calculate your district’s total cost of compensation for all positions within your organization. This tool, TECC (Total Employer Cost of Compensation), employs a standard methodology for public sector employers to identify and compare the major components of their employee costs beyond base salary. These TECC costs include retirement contributions, employer-paid health care benefits, overtime, paid time off, and more...