4H, MSUE event this weekend



GENESEE COUNTY — Tickets are on sale for the Jan. 19 fundraiser at the Genesee County Community Action Resource building, 605 N. Saginaw St. in Flint, from 12-5 p.m.

The Genesee County 4-H will offer cookies and beverages at the event. Tickets are $5, but organizer Deb Caryl, president of the Genesee County 4-H, said larger donations will be gladly accepted.

Tickets can be purchased in Davison at Chuck’s Barbershop or Farmer’s Daughter — both on Main Street — from Diane Millington with the Downtown Development Authority and in Davison Township at Bacon and Sausage Works on Lapeer Road.

They are also available at the MSU extension in downtown Flint. Details: Call 810-653-1436.

The 4-H and Michigan State University Extension are in danger of shutting down after voters in Genesee County failed to approve a small tax placed on the ballot in November.

That five-year tax would have provided the Genesee County Michigan State Cooperative Extension program with $176,104 annually, assessing what was called the “smallest tax” ever placed on a Genesee County ballot.

The millage would have assessed two cents on every $1,000 of taxable value, so property valued at $100,000 would cost the typical taxpayer $1 a year.

The proposal failed by a vote of 104,870 to 77,796. The extension office, which oversees the master gardener program and 4-H, has said it needs $110,000 annually to operate at a minimum level of service.

Genesee County Commissioners found about $53,000 in their budget they were able to allocate to the MSUE, but the 4-H is still working to raise the rest.

Caryl said has been working with others to form a group dedicated to raising money to help support the agency. — G.G.


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