Klamath County Extension Service District
Department Mission: Klamath County Extension Service District is actively committed to supporting Oregon State University’s (OSU) Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC) and fulfilling its mission. KBREC’s mission is to be a trusted resource for research and education working cooperatively with the communities of Klamath County resulting in healthy people, economies and environments.
Created by ballot Measure No. 18-101 on May 19, 2015. The official ballot language read: "Klamath County Extension Service District Formation and Permanent Tax Rate. Question: Shall County form the Klamath County Extension Service District with a permanent tax rate of $0.15 per thousand assessed value? Summary: OSU, through its Extension Service and Branch Experiment Station, provide non formal education, applied research, and practical information to Klamath County residents. These services have been supported in part by direct financial support from the county general fund for the past 100 years. This measure provides that the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center and its programs will have funding and will be able to continue to provide educational resources, applied research and support for sustainable agriculture to the citizens, agricultural enterprises and businesses of Klamath County. The service district would be funded by a permanent tax rate of $0.15 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning in 2015 and provide operating support for the OSU educational and research activities and programs that qualify for service district funding. A home assessed at $100,000 would pay approximately $15 per year. The figures above are estimates only, based on the best information available from the County Assessor at the time of estimate.”
Department Overview: Materials and services are to provide for contracted services with OSU for educational resources, applied research and support for sustainable agriculture to the citizens, agricultural enterprises and businesses of Klamath County and for the maintenance and improvements to the KBREC facilities in Klamath Falls.
Budget Overview: The District contracts with OSU for programs for county residents, allocation for future capital improvements, and contingency funds, determine how the District’s property tax and other revenues are expended. The budget is also determined by the need to balance the costs of the materials and services, based on revenue, community patterns of use and need, and new developments in resources and technology.
Major Revenue: Each year the District’s revenue is determined by an estimated percentage increase of current and prior property tax revenue. This projection is provided by the Assessor and the District’s Finance Director. Other sources of revenue include funds from the State Board of Forestry.