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  • National Special Districts Coalition Elevates Federal Advocacy Strategy: The National Special Districts Coalition (NSDC), a coalition of statewide associations representing local governments throughout the country known as special districts, is excited to announce the engagement of The Ferguson Group (TFG) and Paragon Government Relations (Paragon) as NSDC’s federal advocates in Washington DC. Learn more...
  • COVID-19 and Pandemic Fatigue: Oregon’s special district boards and managers are diligently taking steps to show their staff kindness and understanding.  Still, personal fatigue with these mandatory protective measures doesn’t change the guidelines, regulations, or the potential for serious risks to us and others. Read more...
  • NSDC Brief: Community Project Funding Accounts for FY2022 Appropriations and Sample Earmarks from Previous Spending Bills: Over the past week, each of the House appropriations subcommittees released information on the accounts that will be open to Congressionally-directed spending under “Community Project Funding” (i.e., earmarks) in the fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations cycle, along with specific guidance for project requests. This brief identifies those accounts and provides sample earmarks from previous appropriations bills. Read more...
  • SDAO Committee & Volunteer Interest Form: We need your help! Our strength and effectiveness as an organization is directly related to the involvement of our members. The talent and energy that our members bring to SDAO are the critical components of our success as an association. Learn more...
  • Legislative Update: As the 81st legislative assembly enters its ninth week, one important deadline has passed and another one is quickly approaching making a fast-paced session even more so. Read more...
  • Urge Congress to Support Special Districts' Direct Access to Federal COVID-19 Relief: On Tuesday evening, the House Oversight and Reform Committee released the text and summary of legislation that would provide $350 billion in state and local coronavirus fiscal recovery funding. Read more...
  • Special Districts Association of Oregon, National Special Districts Coalition lead 131-Member Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership on Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act: SDAO, along with National Special District Coalition members, led a letter to congressional leadership in support of the Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act, urging them to include the bill’s language in future COVID-19 relief packages aiding state and local government. SDAO now calls on its members to take action and send support letters to their members of Congress as well as U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to share why the legislation is important for special districts and their constituents. Read more...
  • SDAO Consulting Services Program: Board Practices Assessment and Board Governance Questionnaire: During times of crisis, all eyes look to the special district’s board to figure out where things went wrong. Boards that strive to improve their governance practices are less likely to subject themselves to a calamity. Learn more...
  • Utility, Water, Wastewater Districts May Soon Benefit from Federal Household Relief Programs: Special districts providing utilities may soon be able to take advantage of two federal funding programs for low-income households’ utility services but will need to do so in collaboration with their counties or the state. Read more...
  • How to Prepare for Snow Risks: Snow puts a variety of stresses on a business. Get ready for the impact of snow on driving, sidewalks and roofs by reviewing these risk control guides, which provide useful risk mitigation technique. Read more...
  • SDAO Newsletter: Winter 2020: The winter edition of the SDAO newsletter is now available for download.
  • Update on CARES Act Funding for Special Districts: We were recently notified that the $24 million of CARES Act funding allocated to special districts has now been exhausted. For districts that are still seeking reimbursement for eligible COVID-19 expenses, funding may be available through FEMA Public Assistance (PA) funds. Read more...
  • November 2020 Election Results: Nearly 3 million people are registered to vote in Oregon, a 15.5% increase from the 2016 election. A portion of the increase in voter registration is attributable to Oregon’s 2016 Motor Voter Act, which made voter registration automatic when Oregonians obtain or renew their driver’s licenses. Learn more
  • OSHA Temporary Rule Summary: By now, many of you have become aware that Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule going into effect on November 16, 2020 to address COVID-19. Learn more
  • Board Member Spotlight - Emily Stumpf: I’m the Policy and Administration Manager at Multnomah County Drainage District, so I manage our elected boards, provide policy and budget development support, and also lead the department responsible for communications, HR, and office management. Read more!
  • Trustee Spotlight - Darren Bucich: For the past 12 years I have had the privilege of serving as the Fire Chief for McKenzie Fire & Rescue. Read more!
  • FEMA Public Assistance for Wildfire Crisis - Debris Removal Guidance and Debris Removal Private Property: This week, at the Governor’s request, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) began the process with FEMA to add Federal Public Assistance grant funds for all special districts dealing with the current wildfire crisis. Read more...
  • SDAO Response to Oregon OSHA Infectious Disease Rule Implementation: Recently, we were notified that Oregon OSHA was planning to implement an infectious disease rule that could have a large impact on special district operations. With the current decline in COVID-19 cases both in Oregon and worldwide, we believe that the adoption of these temporary rules is unnecessary and overly costly to Oregon employers. Read more...
  • SDAO Continues Leadership on Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act. Read more...
  • Oregon Fire Chiefs Association Awards Grant to Public Safety EAP: OFCA awarded Special Districts Insurance Services (SDIS) with a $15,000 grant to assist with funding the Public Safety Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Read more...
  • First Special Session of 2020: The first special session of 2020 has come to a close. Read more about the bills that passed and other important information.
  • COVID-19: Coronavirus Outbreak: Stay up to date with our page dedicated to COVID-19 resources and an FAQ.
  • New Program for Members: SDAO AcademyLearn more about SDAO's newest program designed to prepare special district employees for leadership roles.
  • SDAO Board Member Recruitment Toolkit: Are you recruiting for a new board member? Our new Board Member Recruitment Toolkit can help!
  • HR ResourcesLearn more about the recent changes to policies and legislation.

 

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