County may help fund 4-H in 2010Washington County commissioners say they are willing to give 4-H a one-time funding boost to stay afloat.
By: Scott Wente, Woodbury Bulletin
Washington County may help fund 4-H programs next year after all.
County commissioners said today they are inclined to spend $30,000 in 2010 to help maintain 4-H staffing and give the program more time to establish a long-term funding source.
The new push for one-time county funding comes after commissioners voted earlier this year to cut 4-H spending in response to state aid reductions and a tight county budget.
Commissioner Gary Kriesel said 4-H supporters have raised $80,000 toward a $110,000 goal.
“They’re working tirelessly,” Kriesel said. “For $30,000 we can make sure they don’t have to fold up their tent in 2010.”
Commissioners Myra Peterson, Lisa Weik and Dennis Hegberg said they support the plan. Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek was absent.
At the same time, however, commissioners suggested 4-H should bolster its membership and get more financial help from members.
Commissioners are expected to vote on the spending proposal next month, when they set the county’s 2010 budget.
There are about 525 kids in Washington County 4-H chapters. Program supporters filled the County Board room earlier this year when commissioners debated future 4-H spending.
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