Sherman County eNews #238


  1. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance Board Meeting Update, Sept. 13

  2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

  3. Oregon Strategic Investment Program (SIP) / Sherman County

  4. Missing What Is Right in Front of You

  5. Star Projects Presents a Day at Oregon Raceway Park

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do 

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ~ Mark Twain

1. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance Board Meeting Update, Sept. 13

Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors

Board Meeting Agenda

September 13, 2016

1930 Hrs. 

(Later Meeting Time)

  1. Open Meeting
  2. Approve June 1, 2016 and August 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes
  3. Old Business:

3.1 South Sherman EMT Class outstanding bill

3.2 South Sherman letter regarding EMR class

3.3 Dress Code Policy

3.4 Health & Safety Policy

3.5 Other Old Business

  1. New Business

4.1 Auto Aid Agreement

4.2 ASA Committee Update

4.3 Letter to Chief Fluhr regarding Issues

4.4 Auto Eject for Medic 1

4.5 Other New Business

  1. Next Meeting December 13, 2016
  1. Adjourn

 2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

The State:

—general administrator

—state property manager

—state courts, patrol, prison

—child protection

—mental health hospital



—state parks.

Services Shared by County and State:


—assessment and taxation



—county jails

—community corrections

—court security

—district attorney


—juvenile services

—aging services

—alcohol/drug programs

—children and families

—developmental disabilities

—mental health services

—veterans’ services

—public health

—environmental health


—economic/community development




—Oregon Plan

—public forests

—federal land policy


—county fair




—property management


—county law library

—sheriff patrol

—medical examiner

—animal control

—solid waste


—capital projects

—county forests, parks


3. Oregon Strategic Investment Program (SIP) / Sherman County

dollar.bills2The Strategic Investment Program (SIP) offers a 15-year property tax exemption on a portion of large capital investments. The program was created in the 1990s to induce large, capital-intensive facilities to locate and grow anywhere in Oregon.

What Projects Qualify

SIP projects must serve a “traded sector” industry. Oregon law defines “traded sector” as “member firms sell their goods or services into markets for which national or international competition exists.”

The project’s cost must exceed the taxable portion. But as a practical matter, the overall investment will need to be considerably bigger. In urban areas, the taxable portion of a project’s market value is $100 million. In rural areas, it starts at $25 million.* Property in excess of this portion is exempt from taxes.

How Projects Get Approved

There are two options for an SIP project application:

  1. Ad hoc approval. The county holds a public hearing and negotiates an agreement between the business and county and city (if applicable).
  2. Strategic Investment Zone (SIZ). The zones are designed to provide a more streamlined local process. At any time, a county (and city) may submit a request through Business Oregon for the Business Oregon Commission to designate a Strategic Investment Zone.

Community Service Fee

Companies must also pay the respective county a community service fee as set by law. The fee is contained in the agreement with the business, which may include additional requirements on the business. The county must also sign a separate agreement with other local governments for distributing the fee.

Reporting Requirements

For any SIP project that is exempt in the prior tax year, the business must submit a report to Business Oregon detailing its employment and payroll. The report is used to evaluate the program’s performance and provide estimates of state personal income tax revenue that may be shared with local governments.


4. Missing What Is Right in Front of You

Do you know what Scotomas are? Everyone has them and they can keep you from seeing the opportunities all around you.

So what exactly is a “Scotoma?” A scotoma is what doctors call the defect that blocks sight in one part of our visual field. It is also a term we use to describe our occasional failure to see what is right in front of us because we build our own Scotoma, a mental blind spot, to it.

You see for the most part, we see what we expect to see or what we look for. Often, we do not see what is really there. What we expect to see is determined by our beliefs about reality. If we believe the world is a hostile, unfriendly place, we will see evidence to support that belief everywhere we look. But if we believe people are basically good and that the world is a supportive, friendly place, then that is what we will see and experience.

Now, our beliefs are mostly a matter of how we have been conditioned since birth. But once we become adults, it is possible to become aware of our conditioning, our belief systems, and even our Scotomas.

We can choose to expand our consciousness, remove our blind spots, and adopt beliefs that will help us grow instead of clinging to expectations and attitudes that keep us suspicious and small. By the simple act of making this choice, we actually start the wheels of a better future turning.

And, by the daily affirmation of goals that support our commitment, we become top-notch Scotoma Busters – and that is when we really start to grow.  ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Star Projects Presents a Day at Oregon Raceway Park


6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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