© 2024 KLCC

136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Tax Levy Would Extend The Services Offered By OSU Extension in Lane County

Rachael McDonald

A measure on the May 18 ballot would increase funding for Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Lane County. The 5-year levy would support the service in more places.




Measure 20-319 would replace an existing local property tax and increase it to 2.8 cents per $1,000 in assessed value. Leigh Rieder is a Master Gardener with OSU Extension. She told KLCC the current levy is set to expire.

“In other words if this one were not to pass then extension would shrink drastically,” Rieder said. “And it would be hard for it to even remain in existence because county funding is such a cornerstone of its budget.”

OSU Extension currently gets 42% of its budget from county funds. Measure 20-319 would help it serve more communities in Lane County. 

Rieder described OSU Extension Servoce as a public work that increases access to University education. 

“So, extension agents and hundreds of trained volunteers literally extend research based information from OSU to all Oregonians, regardless of their socioeconomic status,” Rieder said. 

OSU Extension offers 4-H, as well as advice and classes in gardening, food preservation, wildfire preparedness and more.


The deadline to vote in the special election is May 18th.


Copyright 2021 KLCC.


Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
Related Content