It’s not a levy, but sales tax vote impacts Extension, too

Editor:

On May 4, 2010, voters will be asked to approve the 1 percent sales tax for Columbiana County. The outcome of this vote will greatly impact Ohio State University Extension in Columbiana County.

County commissioners are required by law to fund mandated programs. Extension is not a mandated program and without the passage of this sales tax, the commissioners will not have enough funds to provide any county funding to Extension.

Our commissioners want and desire to maintain Extension programs in Columbiana County, but they do not have enough funds in the county’s general fund to support our programs and services.

Please help save our 4-H program for the children of our county. Our office has over 700 children enrolled in 4-H and more children in other programs, such as 4-H camps. 4-H impacts and shapes children’s lives in positive ways .

The county Extension office has had to initiate fund raising activities to generate monies to help keep the 4-H program running.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Julia B. Herron

Lisbon, Ohio

(The author is 4-H youth development educator for OSU Extension in Columbiana County.)

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