ANNUAL SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE PROGRAM UNDERWAY!

The Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire & Ambulance Association and the Sisters Kiwanis Club, are sponsoring the annual “Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree” to provide Christmas gifts to families in need in Sisters Country this holiday season.  We expect to serve close to 250 families this year.

 

The Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire & Ambulance Association is collecting new unwrapped gifts at the Main Fire Station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters.  Gifts are available to children age newborn to seniors in high school of low-income families who live within the Sisters or Black Butte School Districts.  There is “Spirit of Christmas Giving Trees” at Sisters Ray’s Food Place, Sisters Bi-Mart and at Black Butte Ranch Post Office and Police Department.  You can pick a gift tag for a child from the tree and purchase specific gifts or bring new generic gifts to the fire station.

 

COMING SOON!!! Follow us on Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) for the go-live date and check back to our website at www.sistersfire.com for a new virtual “Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree”.  You will be able to pick a tag and help make Christmas a little more special for a Sisters family in need right from the comfort of your home or from anywhere you have internet access.

 

Cash donations are also accepted and are tax deductible and will go toward gift buyingCash donations can be made at the main fire station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters, by mail at PO Box 1509, Sisters, Oregon or on our website at www.sistersfire.comThe deadline for gift donations is Wednesday, December 14.  If you have any questions please call the Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

 

The Sisters Kiwanis Club is collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for distribution with the Christmas gifts.  If you would like to donate to the Sisters Kiwanis Club please drop by the Kiwanis Food Bank at 225 W. Main Street in Sisters.  Call Naomi Rowe at 541-549-5694 if you have any further questions.

Refinance of District’s 2007 General Obligation Bond will Save Taxpayers $195,000.00

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District recently completed the process of issuing a general obligation refunding bond to lower the interest expense on the District fire station.  District taxpayers approved the issuance of bonds to fund the construction of the headquarters fire station in 2007.  Annual interest rates on the bonds issued in 2007 were 4.5%. Recently, interest rates have fallen to the point that it made sense for the District to seek proposals to issue refunding bonds to lower the cost for District residents.  David Ulbricht with Special Districts Association of Oregon Advisory Services guided the District through the process.  Six proposals were received by the District and Columbia State Bank was determined to have provided the best proposal with an annual interest rate of 1.87%.  The total savings for District residents is estimated to be $195,000 over the next 11 years.

 

District residents pay a property tax to fund the cost of the principal and interest on the bonds.  The amount of property tax levied each year to service the bond debt should be less for District residents as a result of the bond sale. Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Board President Chuck Newport said, “Our staff and Board of Directors are always looking for opportunities to be more efficient with property tax revenue and this was a logical option for us”. Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “We felt that the current interest rates were at risk of increasing and it would be in the best interest of the District residents to act now”.  The total amount of refunding bonds issued were $1.88 million.