2021-2022 Support for Piscataquis County
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Support for Piscataquis County
|Piscataquis County||State Support 2021||County Support 2021||County Support 2022|
|Local Salaries and Benefits||$197,017||$23,725||$23,725|
Video, Computer Equipment
|Statewide Animal Diagnostic Lab||$24,606|
|Local Office Supplies and Equipment||$7,600||$2,100||$2,100|
|Local Programming Supplies
|Telephone and Postage||$10,581||$625||$625|
|Local Office Space||$60,015||$60,015|
Without statewide support, UMaine Extension would not be present in your county. Funds for projects are provided through the University of Maine, Federal Formula Funds, grants, contracts, and fees. Dollars from other sources support salaries and benefits for Extension specialists, county educators, Extension administration, computer equipment and networking, publications, postage, telephone, and travel.
Statewide Funding Levels by Source – 2021
As a unique partnership among federal, state and county governments, UMaine Extension uses funding from Maine counties and the University to match and leverage support from the United States Department of Agriculture, other federal grantors, state agencies and private foundations. Each county UMaine Extension office is also part of a statewide organization and the national Extension system.
This pie graph illustrates the financial resources for programs offered, supported, and managed out of the Piscataquis County office. Each year, Piscataquis County tax dollars support the UMaine extension with physical office space, support staff salaries, office supplies, equipment, and some programming expenses.
The County Extension Act
The County Extension Act explains the role of county government in funding local Extension offices.
Cooperative Extension work shall consist of the giving of practical demonstrations in agriculture and natural resources, youth development, and home economics and community life and imparting information on those subjects through field demonstrations, publications and otherwise. For the purpose of carrying out this chapter, there may be created in each county or combination of two counties within the State an organization known as a “county extension association,” and its services available to all residents of a county. The county extension is viewed as a unique and important educational program of county government. The executive committee of each county extension association shall prepare an annual budget as requested, showing in detail its estimate of the amount of money to be expended under this chapter within the county of counties for the fiscal year. The executive committee shall submit to the board of county commissioners on a date requested by the county commissioners, and the county commissioners may, if they deem it justifiable, adopt an appropriate budget for the county extension program and levy a tax therefore. The amount thus raised by direct taxation within any county or combination of counties for the purposes of this chapter shall be used for the salaries of clerks, provision of office space, supplies, equipment, postage, telephone, a contribution toward the salaries of county educators and such other expenses as necessary to maintain an effective county extension program.1
1Excerpted from Title 7, Chapter 7 of the Maine Revised Statutes, §191–§195, 1985.
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