Members of the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District met with the County Commissioners to give them their draft budget for the new year.
Each year the district factors in funding from local entities as well as the state to come up with final numbers, but workers say sometime it’s difficult to produce an exact amount. This year they have set the budget at just around $350,000.
" We are funded partially locally and partially through the state. The state operates on a different fiscal year from July to June 30 so we will not know what our state match is until usually August at the earliest," said District Administrator, Lisa Crock.
Other topics up for discussion were some of the programs that the district is planning to implement this year. They usually have one educational seminar a month.
" One of the things that we are focusing on this year is soil health. It effects everybody whether you just have a backyard or a garden or you farm a 1,000 acres in the county, soil health really effects you," said Crock.
Crock says that overall the district has actually decreased their budget as a whole for this year, but may have to asks the county for more money due to local funding cuts made by state legislators. You can go to their website online for more information about programming and funding at www.muskingumswcd.org