Tax Levy for OSU Extension Service to Appear on May Ballot

Feb 3, 2016

In May Lane County voters will have the opportunity to help fund Oregon State University’s Extension Service. Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners decided to place a tax levy on the ballot.

Master Gardener teaches composting at a demonstration.
Credit OSU Extension Service

OSU’s Extension Service offers the 4-H youth program and community classes in food safety, preservation, and nutrition.
Rose Jepson-Sullivan is County Leader for OSU Extension Service. She says the County used to help fund their program, but in 2010 it could no longer afford to support Extension; and a tax levy failed.
Jepson-Sullivan says at that time some programs, like 4-H, went away. Since then, with the help of volunteers and outside funding, some of those services have returned.

A 4-H teen teaches a younger 4-H member about rabbit showmanship.
Credit OSU Extension Service

Jepson-Sullivan: “We’ve come a long way since 2010, but if we were to receive this funding we would be able to lower fees and make 4-H more accessible.”
Jepson-Sullivan says the funding would also help stabilize support for the master gardener and food preserver classes and would aid in the development of a Master Woodland Manager program.
The proposed tax levy would charge one and a half cents per $1,000 of assessed property value and would

raise about $452,000 a year for OSU Extension Service.
The primary election is May 17th.