In a matter of days, the makeup of the Camden County Commission will change.
Later this week, the newest member of the three-member commission will take his oath of office after unseating longtime Associate Commissioner Thom Gumm.
Republican Cliff Luber will join Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken and Associate Commissioner Bev Thomas.
As an incoming Commissioner, one is always concerned about the budget. The budget for 2013 will have already been decided by the time Luber assumes his official duties. However, he said the county may have some choices that will have to be made if revenues do not increase.
"The county must change to become more business friendly to encourage year-round businesses to relocate here to broaden our base," Luber said.
"The cuts to the MU Extension office are not acceptable and I will work to restore such funding for 2014 when I am involved in the budget process next year,” Luber said. “The MU program is one program that we, as a community all benefit from in one aspect or another. This program benefits many of our seniors, our young children, our farmers, and others in Camden County. "
Luber said the MU extension program in Camden County has touched 6,000 people in 2012.
"Many times it comes down to priorities and our seniors and children need to be a priority," he said.
Last week, it was announced that the commission had notified the extension service of an impending budget cut doing away with $38,000 of the $48,000 the service receives from Camden County.
By state statute, the county is required to budget a minimum of $10,000 to the extension service.
Luber is among others who are questioning the commission's decision.
Luber said he intends to maintain an open door policy once he takes office.
He hopes to improve the communication between the commission and the public in issues like the budget.