By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Dec. 19, 2012 — In our series highlighting special districts in Carter County, today’s spotlight shines on the Cooperative Extension Service.
According to State Auditor Adam Edelen’s recently-launched website, the cooperative extension district is in total compliance with state regulations.
This means that the extension office has submitted an annual budget, responded in a timely manner to a survey from the State Auditor’s office, and has complied with yearly audit requirements.
According to the website, Cooperative Extension brought in $331,982 in local tax revenues last year.
All extension districts get direct federal support that flows through Kentucky’s two land grant universities, the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University.
Carter extension also receives funding from Carter Fiscal Court, from the state and from local gifts and grants secured by county extension agents working here.
Rebecca Konopka, 4-H coordinator, outlined some of the services that the organization provides to the community.
“We provide training for both agricultural and natural sciences, as well as consumer sciences. All the 4-H programs in the county are handled by our office, and we also have programs for community and economic development,” said Konopka.
As a special district, Cooperative Extension collects tax revenue from Carter County property owners to help fund its operations.
The tax rate is determined by a board appointed by the county judge-executive.
The Carter County extension board consists of Joleen Ramey, Starlene Harris, Jane Qualls, Fred Buck, Larry Carroll, Elwood Fankell, and Judge-Executive Charles Wallace
The Journal-Times is examining all special districts in Carter County. Featured next week will be the Emergency Ambulance Service.
Joe Lewis can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 286-4201.