December 11, 2013

A recent supplemental budget restored SOREC funding through June 2014.  There is, however, hope that we can secure stable funding for the future through a service district.  The County Commissioners have initiated a process to put that to a vote of the people in May 2014.  By statute they are required to hold two public hearings, on January 8 and January 29, 2014 at the County Courthouse Auditorium, 10 South Oakdale in Medford, at 9 a.m.  Speakers will each have three minutes to share their opinion about putting the measure to the voters.  It is important that you attend and make your thoughts known.

Should you have any questions on the above information please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.  You may also contact Mr. Jack Duggan, Chair of Friends of Research and Extension at:
or 899-7310. We welcome any help you can provide to save our Extension.

February 10, 2014

January 29 Board of Commissioners voted to officially place the Extension District on the May 2014 ballot.
January 8 & 29 Public Hearings. 
September, 2013-May, 2014

Extension supporters are encouraged to continue promoting the benefits of Extension and SOREC as FORE works through this process with the Board of Commissioners.

January, 2014 FORE to form a political action committee (PAC) and market the formation of the Extension District. FORE as they form a PAC will need to obtain support (funds and time) from all Extension stakeholder groups in order to pass the Extension Taxing District in May.
January, 2014 Second and final public hearing to be held by the Board of Commissioners to initiate the Extension District and to officially place it on the May 2014 ballot.
December, 2013 First public hearing by the Board of Commissioners to initiate the Extension District and place it on the May 2014 ballot.
November 20, 2013 Turn in all city resolutions to the County Administrator’s office. Should any city not pass resolutions supporting the District, the District’s map must be redrawn excluding that city’s area from the District. Should that happen that area could not be served by the District?
September-November, 2013 FORE members are working to obtain new resolutions from the eleven incorporated cities.
August 27, 2013 Board of Commissioners reviewed the recommended changes made by the County Administrator’s office and the County Counsel and agreed to place the Extension Taxing District on the Ballot for May 2014. Thanks to the Board of Commissioners agreeing to put the Extension Service District on the ballot we will not need to obtain the 20,000-25,000 signatures from registered voters and the county will pay all the fees to place us on the ballot. We will be required to go back to the incorporated cities to obtain new resolutions before November 25, 2013 since the county will be initiating the District rather than us going by petition.  This is far better than the time required to obtain the 20,000-25,000 signatures from registered voters. Once the new city resolutions are obtained the Board of Commissioners will be required to hold two public meetings (one in December and one in January) to officially place the District on the May 2014 ballot.
August 20, 2013 Phil and representatives from FORE were asked by the Board of Commissioners to make a presentation requesting them to put the Extension Service Taxing District on the ballot in May 2014. Commissioners indicated that they would consider the request and directed the Administrator’s office and County Attorney to review the Feasibility Study and proposed budget that had been created for the Taxing District for necessary changes should the Commissioners agree to put the proposed District on the ballot.
July-August, 2013 FORE created the packet to move forward for a Taxing District, identified supporters that would present requests to the eleven incorporated cities to pass resolutions to allow the Taxing District to include their cities on the May 2014 ballet question. By the end of August, nine of the eleven incorporated cities in Jackson County had approved resolutions in support of the ballot measure for May 2014. Once the resolutions were obtained from the cities, FORE would still be required to obtain between 20,000-25,000 signatures before November 20, 2013 to request that the Jackson County Board of Commissioners place the measure on the ballot.
July 2013 Survey conducted by Jackson County determined the County-wide surcharge to support the jail and sheriff would not pass and the Board of Commissioners withdrew the idea.
May 30, 2013 SOREC Advisory Council met and agreed to support the County surcharge to support the jail and sheriff should it be put on the ballot. In addition, the Council accepted the Friends of Research & Extension (FORE) recommendation to begin the process of going for an Extension Service Taxing District by petition in May 2014.
May 29, 2013 Commissioner Breidenthal during the final budget hearing proposed to fund the Extension Service for six months in 2014 County Budget and the budget would be revisited in December to determine if there were new County resources to fund the second six months of the Extension Service budget. The proposed budget to fund Extension passed 2 to 1 by the Board of Commissioners.
May 2, 2013 SOREC Advisory Council decided to support County surcharge as well as investigate going for a Taxing District for SOREC
April-May, 2013 A County-wide surcharge was proposed to support the jail and sheriff and free up general funds that could be used to fund the Extension Service and others cut from the budget.
April 21, 2013 Meeting with Extension & Research stakeholders to discuss the need to form a Taxing District to save SOREC.

April 11, 2013

Jackson County Budget Committee recommended the elimination of the Extension Service from the 2014 County Budget. Recommendation passed 4 to 2.

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