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Extension Service Tax Rate Set

extension serviceMEDFORD, Ore. — A tax rate has been set in place to help the OSU Extension Service and 4H Program.

The new Extension Service District, which includes two county commissioners, set a tax rate Wednesday morning of five cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The tax money will go toward expanding services and hiring new employees at the Extension Office. Jackson County voters approved the tax in the May election.

“We’ve been functioning on reduced dollars or limited dollars for so many years now that it’s going to be a real plus for us to be able to look ahead and look at what else we can do or have done in the past that we could no longer do,” said Phil Van Buskirk with the OSU Extension Service.

Van Buskirk said people might not see many changes in the short term, but said improvements will begin once taxes are collected later this year.