Extension council approves budget

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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The Vernon County University of Missouri Extension Council discussed minor changes to the proposed 2017 budget Monday evening at the Neal Senior Center.

"We don't have anything in the red this year," Extension Council chairperson Leslie Carrol-Bartlett said.

The budget proposal presented Monday evening had been revised from the initial proposal to lower the salary increase being awarded to Judy Swank, the Extension's office support staff, to be inline with the proposed 2 percent increased being considered for county employees.

Pat Miller said the Vernon County commissioners had requested this change. The Extension Council had previously approved a 4 percent pay increase for Swank.

The council voted unanimously to approve a $50 per month match for Swank's retirement account.

The council voted unanimously to approve the proposed 2 percent salary increase for Swank rather than the previously approved 4 percent.

Pat Miller said ballots are ready to be printed for the Extension Council election this month. Ballot boxes will be placed in several locations around Vernon County.

Cheri Clark, Dani Fine and Lynn Meinershagen are running for one of the open seats in the northern district, and Ginger Nance, Jennifer Byers, Joelle Mason, and Tabena Bower are running for seats in the southern district.

One seat in the northern district will remain open however as Shirley Peckman has withdrawn her candidacy due to a possible conflict of interest. The council may choose to appointment someone to this seat at a later date but it does not have to be filled.

Three appointed seats are also open: city of Nevada, Farm Bureau, and Producers.

Following this month's elections, new Extension Council officers will be sworn in following the annual banquet on Feb. 13.

In other business, the council:

* Voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Formax 382 document folder to replace the current one which has reached the end of its useful life.

* Voted unanimously to accept the proposed $53,500 budget, of which $49,500 is requested from Vernon County and the other $4,000 from United Way. In 2016, Vernon County appropriated $49,020 to the Extension Council and the United Way provided $4,000.

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