Extension District Board Approves Budget Plan Tuesday
The Extension District Board met Tuesday, March 31st at the Wayne
County Extension Office and approved their Budget Plan for the
2015 - 2016 Fiscal Year. The board also approved keeping this
year's tax rate, the same as last year's rate.

The Extension Budget totaled 902 thousand, 790 dollars. Sources of
income include 766 thousand, 456 dollars - the projected amount from
all taxes - real property, personal property and motor vehicle and
watercraft. Another 50 thousand dollars was anticipated from the
utility tax - along with 86 thousand, 334 dollars in reserve.

Office expenses included a 50 thousand dollar allotment for utilities -
25 thousand for the Extension Office - the other half to pay utilities
at the Aspire Center. The overall budget plan also included a 2%
increase in salary for all employees, pending the University allowing
it, when they approve their budget.

With the Extension Office building next the Post Office already paid
off ... the five year financial plan for reserve included concrete,
paving the parking lot of property purchased at auction off North
Main and a storage building or expansion.

The ten year plan for reserve included the possibility of an elevator
for the office building on the 90 Bypass and a commercial kitchen
facility. There were brief program updates by Extension Agents and
it was also announced that the Farmers Market will kick off May 2nd
at the Pavilion in Downtown, Monticello. The grand opening is set
for June 20th.

The 2015 Wayne County Extension Council also met Tuesday. The
2nd meeting of the evening was basically a recap of the District
Board meeting. County Judge Executive Mike Anderson addressed
those in attendance - the 2015 -16 budget approved earlier in the
evening was presented and discussions were also held about future programming needs.

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