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July 02, 2012
DALLAS -- The Polk County Oregon State University Extension Service District's 2012-13 budget will look similar to what it did last year.
The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved the budget June 27 during a brief hearing.
The $382,000 total budget allows the district to maintain its current programs, including a focus on 4-H youth programs and services to small farms.
The approved budget is the same as what Extension requested.
"It pretty much provides us with the same level of service," said Pamela Rose, Polk County Extension's county leader. "We are very pleased with that. We would have loved to have had more, but this at least gives us the same support we had last year."
Rose said the biggest change was the the district's reserve fund fell significantly, from $50,000 last year to $12,500 this year.
Rose said the contingency fund was large last year because the district was working with its first adopted budget. Now in its second year, the funding picture is more certain.
"Now that the district is a year older, it doesn't need that big of a contingency," Rose said.
The major expenditures in Extension's 2012-13 budget are: $250,000 to OSU to pay for faculty and $60,000 to the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center for facility rentals.