Our elected officials have an important obligation to spend our tax money wisely; to make sure services vital for people’s life and well-being are appropriately funded. So when we elect them we are putting our trust, our faith in them to do that. And it has been going well for Camden County until now. I’m hoping that it is merely an oversight, that surely they wouldn’t cut the budget of a group that is responsible for creating businesses and thus jobs for Camden County residents.
In fiscal year 2011/2012 University of Missouri Extension helped 243 people and their companies with business start-up, management coaching and training.
Those people reported that there were six new businesses; 34 new jobs and sales increase of $235,302 and new investment of $1.1 million in Camden County. While the Extension has other important programs, this one alone, more than pays for itself in added sales tax revenue and property tax.
With the full funding of $48,800, the Extension is able to obtain more than $300,000 dollars worth of salaries and program support from the University of Missouri. That means Camden County gets over a 500 percent return on their investment of $48,800. Nothing to sneeze at there.
It is not too late to reconsider. A 500 percent return — who wouldn’t want that?