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KLCC News is covering many aspects of Oregon's May 2016 Primary Election. View KLCC's primary related stories below.OREGON PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

Voters Asked To Fund OSU Extension Services

OSU Extension Services

Lane county residents can get tips on everything from canning to animal husbandry through Oregon State University Extension. That service requires funding.  A political action committee hopes to convince voters to approve a local option tax in the May Primary.

Passage of Ballot measure 20-239 would restore county funding to the Oregon State University Extension Service for the first time since 2010. Leigh Rieder is a Master Gardener who volunteers for the service. She says Extension programs benefit Lane County residents in very real ways.

Rieder: “They’re providing youth development and youth leadership through 4-H. They are teaching people how to have a greater food security by producing and preserving their own food and doing so in a safe way that won’t make them sick.”

Approval of the measure will mean an additional $3 for a home valued at $200,000. Rieder says so far public support for the levy is strong.

Rieder: “The only argument we have heard on occasion is from the people who simply believe that all taxes are wrong.”

If passed, Measure 20-239 would supplement state and federal funding for 4-H and OSU Extension for the next five years.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.