The city of Sisters currently contracts with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.
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The city of Sisters currently contracts with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services. wphoto provided
Citizens are letting their local government know their outlook on public safety through a 21-question survey that went out last week.

The survey was sent to city of Sisters residents in their utility bill. The City of Sisters contracts with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services and it is city property owners who fund that contract through their tax dollars. The contract is for $611,849, which, according to the City, represents over half of the property tax revenue within the city.

That contract is up for renewal.

Those who live outside the city limits were invited to share their opinions with City Manager Corey Misley at cmisley@ci.sisters.or.us.

The survey asks citizens to rate the degree to which issues like property crime; violent crime; illegal drugs or alcohol; traffic safety are problems for Sisters. It asks what citizens consider to be the biggest threat to public safety in Sisters and gauges how safe people feel in their community.

Misely told The Nugget that the City hopes to have surveys in hand by September 10. He expects to be able to summarize survey results by the end of September. In an op-ed in The Nugget last week, Misley explained that, as the City evaluates its law enforcement services, “There are effectively two options: Contract with a law enforcement agency or reinstate our own police department. The former requires looking at possible contractual partners and negotiating acceptable terms in that contract. The latter requires a comprehensive analysis of the associated expenses and infrastructure and timing … and potential long-term, sustainable funding options.”

Misley told The Nugget that the input from the survey will inform that analysis.