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University Extension asks Miss. County for more funds

Friday, January 4, 2013

CHARLESTON -- Having ended the year a bit short on money in 2012, local University Extension officials are asking for a bit more from Mississippi County.

Mississippi County University Extension Council members presented their annual report and budget request to the County Commission Thursday during the Commission's first meeting of the year.

The budget request of $37,000 is $4,000 more than last year's budget, according to Anthony Ohmes, agronomy specialist for the county extension center: "That's the biggest increase we've ever asked for."

The office was short nearly $1,000 in 2012, Ohmes said.

As faculty are employed by the University of Missouri-Columbia, the county extension office's budget is only to cover the expenses of operating an office including a secretary's salary and benefits.

"Health insurance is by far our greatest expense," Ohmes said.

Ohmes and the Council members also presented commissioners with a pamphlet which he explained is a "condensed version of our annual report we put together each year."

The pamphlet provides "snapshots of what went on" in each of the several areas the Extension office provided services for in 2012, he explained.

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