A financial request was made of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during the Jan. 17 meeting. Julie Naig, County Youth Coordinator, and Office Assistant Jody Leuer made the request of the board.
"We'd like to thank you for all the support that you've given us over the past few years," Julie Naig opened the discussion. She listed the activities that the funds have been used for the past, including Farm Safety, Clover Kids, Babysitting Clinics, and other workshops.
Supervisor Keith Wirtz recalled that the board had given Palo Alto County Extension increased funding to cover the cost of their building a few years ago.
"That's taken care of, that's all done now," Naig noted.
"Is that in this amount you're asking for or is that extra?" asked Supervisor Jerry Hofstad.
"I'm new at this, but I assume the increase was included in this $12,500 because looking back, the request was typically $3,800 to $4,000," said Leuer. "The debt has been taken care of."
"So, you really don't need it then," Hofstad countered.
"Well, I know we got the referendum, but we were kind of operating on a shoe string," said Leuer. "So, we'd appreciate whatever help you could give us for a year or so because we've put a lot of things off due to the lack of funds. We understand with the passing of the referendum that it has increased our tax asking, which isn't exactly to its max now."
Supervisor Ed Noonan asked if the Palo Alto County Extension Fund is different from the Fair Fund.
"Yes, it is," said Leuer. "This is for our office, and we also have other programs too for manure and pesticides. Some we get to charge for and some we don't."
Noonan asked how long the Extension Office has been receiving $12,500 from the county. Naig and Leuer thought three or four years.
"Even if we go back to what we were getting initially, it would help," said Leuer.
"How close does that come to helping you meet your needs?" Wirtz asked.
"It should work out pretty close," Leuer answered.
Naig added, "Although we passed the referendum, it does take quite a few months before we see any of that."
Wirtz noted that he would speak with Robin Jamison in the Auditor's Office to determine just how much funding the Extension Office will receive from their referendum, and then proceed from there.