Camden County's MU Extension is expected to see an increase in funds given to them by the county this upcoming fiscal year. In 2013, MU Extension's budget was cut approximately $38,000 down to $10,000.
According to Commissioner Cliff Luber, the commission agreed last week to restore some of that funding. Luber told the Lake Sun that MU Extension is to receive a total of $34,740.60 from the county. Those funds will provide Extension's operating expenses, office expenditures and funds for mileage and training.
While Luber was campaigning for office, he promised he would do what he could to restore the funds that were cut by the county.
"I'm real excited about it," Luber said. "I just think they do an awful lot for our community."
Camden County MU Extension staff are appreciative of the support shown by the county.
"The funding support provided by the Co. Commission will allow us the maintain the local office operations, and continue to deliver a wide variety of quality educational resources and services to the people in Camden County," Jackie Rasmussen with MU Extension said.
The funds will be poured back into the community through programs offered by MU Extension.
"MU Extension provides a wide variety of quality resources, programs, information to the residents in the county on topics ranging from agriculture, business development, leadership development, youth development, health and nutrition. The programs delivered are targeted to meet the needs of the local population," Rasmussen added.
Luber did indicate that he would like to see more programs offered in the rural areas in Camden County.
A written agreement has not been signed at this time.