CINCINNATI - Hamilton County’s Extension Office will close in January due to lack of funding unless money is raised through donations.
The extension office – operated by The Ohio State University -- offers horticulture, family and consumer science, and 4-H programs.
Founded in 1917, the extension office has 13 employees and a $400,000 annual budget. The Metropolitan Sewer District has funded it since 2008, but the funding isn’t being renewed for next year.
Although office personnel are currently working with Hamilton County commissioners to consider funding alternatives, none have been agreed upon so far.
“Normally we would be looking for county dollars but, due to the unfortunate situation Hamilton County is facing with their budget, we are forced to look for funding from individuals or the community,” said Tonya Horvath, director and 4-H educator.
Local dollars are required for the Extension office to remain open.
Anyone who would like to donate to the “Save Hamilton County Extension!” fund can do so at: www.giveto.osu.edu/hamiltoncountyextension
All donations are tax deductible.
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