JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.– If Ballot Measure 15-121 is approved, it would establish the “Jackson County 4-H, Master Gardener and Agricultural Extension Service District” encompassing all of Jackson County.
Commissioners decided to add this measure to the ballot after cuts in federal funding to Jackson County threatened to eliminate county funding for the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center.
Without a reliable source of local funding, Jackson County’s extension office in Central Point is at risk of losing federal and state money. If the measure fails and they do not receive the local funds, the extension office could possibly close or reducing services and programs like 4H and master gardeners.
If the measure passes, tax payers will see a property tax rate increase at 6 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Homeowner with $154,210 taxable value would pay maximum of $7.71 per year.
Extension is Oregon State University’s off-campus educational system. Extension is responsible for providing objective, relevant educational programs and activities that are responsive to the realities of Jackson County, and are based on research and information that support current and future needs.
Here are the results so far:
YES: 75% with 39,924 votes
NO: 25% with 13,565 votes