After reconsideration of a controversial move to cut tens of thousands from the Camden County office of the University of Missouri Extension Service, the 2013 proposed budget has been revised to restore partial funding.
The county commission is expected to approve the 2013 budget today during an 11 a.m. hearing at the Camden County Courthouse. The budget hearing scheduled for Dec. 27 was postponed to allow for some last minute revisions to balance the budget document.
According to Associate Commissioner Bev Thomas, the extension service's budget has been adjusted, restoring a portion of the cuts that were announced in November.
In 2012, the extension service received $48,000. In November, the commission notified the extension service that in 2013, the county proposed giving the extension service a total of $10,000, a cut of $38,000.
The cuts raised some serious concerns about the future of the extension service in Camden County.
Thomas said the commission has reconsidered and will be budgeting a total of $20,000 plus the rent on the county-owned building that houses the extension service.
By state statute, the county is required to budget a minimum of $10,000 a year to the extension service.
The extension service provides residents with access to information and services regarding agriculture and natural resources, business and leadership development, nutrition and health education, youth development and human development. Programs include Missouri Master Naturalist and Missouri Master Gardner, Leadership Camden County, 4-H and many other services.